This collection of obituaries has been researched and compiled
by Bruce Burlingham, historian of the U.S. Marine Raider Association.
It is a part of our ongoing mission to preserve the memory
of the Marines and Navy medical personnel who served in the
U.S. Marine Raiders during World War II. Obituaries can be
submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All names are checked against the muster rolls and master
roster to confirm that the deceased served in one or more
of the four Raider battalions and two Raider regiments.
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LABOUTELEY, ROGER B.
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Mr. Roger Burton Labouteley, age 89, of
Kiloran Way, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, April 16,
2011 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended
Mr. Labouteley was born on Jan. 1, 1922 in Palmer, the son
of the late Gaston E. Labouteley and the late Alice Geer Labouteley.
Roger graduated from the Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa,
and also the Kellogg School of Management, North Western University.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of World War II and the
Korean Wars. Roger served as Corpsman in World War II. He
detached to the U.S. Marines and spent time in the Pacific
Theater with the Edson's Raiders. He was awarded the Bronze
Star with Valor. He was a member of the Edson's Raiders Association.
Roger was Hospital Administrator with the Anna Jaques Hospital
for several years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Roger served his community and country with great pride. Mr.
Labouteley attended the First United Methodist Church of Union
Surviving Mr. Labouteley are his loving wife of 60 years,
Barbara Rafferty Labouteley of Blairsville; one daughter,
Suzanne Burge of Springfield, Vt.; two grandchildren, Annaliese
Burge and Perrin Burge, both of Vermont; several nieces, nephews,
a host of dear friends and neighbors of Nottely Highlands,
many other relatives and friends also survive.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment
to follow in the Agawam Veterans Cemetery in Agawam. In lieu
of flowers if you wish, donations may be made to a favorite
charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Labouteley. Mountain
View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.
LADWIG, GERALD L.
Gerald "Jerry" Ladwig, 82 of St. Joseph passed away Monday
[May 22, 2006] at Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on
Friday, May 26th at Christ Lutheran Church, 4333 Cleveland
Avenue, Stevensville with Rev. Philip Quardokus officiating.
Burial will follow in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or Christ
Lutheran School. Visitation will held on Thursday, May 25th
from 6-8 PM at Kerley-Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral
Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Jerry was born September
17, 1923 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Reinhold & Ida (Kasischke)Ladwig.
He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1942, where he
was a star football player. During WWII, Jerry served his
nation proudly with an elite corps, the United States Marine
Raiders 6th Division and was awarded two Purple Hearts for
his valor. On Valentine's Day 1948, he married his sweetheart,
Vally Gebengan, in Benton Harbor. She preceded him in death
on October 8, 2003. He was a hard-working devoted man: a Master
Plumber first working for Nobel & Price in Benton Harbor,
and then for Ideal Plumbing until his retirement in 1982.
Upon retirement, he served as a volunteer for 12 years as
a shuttle bus driver for Lakeland Hospital. He loved football,
he loved to fish, and he loved the Green Bay Packers. But
most of all, he loved his family. Jerry is survived by two
daughters: Susan (Dan) Lake of St. Joseph; Barbara (Walter)
Blacha of Brighton MI; five grandchildren: Wendy (Todd) Roberts,
Amanda Blacha (and her fiance Gentry Smith), Kimberly Blacha,
Lisa (Glenn) Gast and Lindsey Lake; sister Virginia (Einar)
Nelson of St. Joseph. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren:
Samantha Roberts, Evan Roberts, Kayli Lake, and the little
one who is on its way. Jerry was preceded by grandson, Mark
Lake, July 1, 2003; three sisters: Mabel Ladwig, Leona Berkholz,
and Beatrice Puterbaugh; three brothers:Ervin, Elmer, and
LAFONTAINE, JOHN M.
John M. LaFontaine, known throughout the world of Alcoholics
Anonymous as "Big Book John," died Monday, April 25, 2011
in San Diego, CA, at the age of 88. Born September 5, 1922,
in Berthold, ND, he hopped a freight to Oregon and joined
the U.S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, trained
at Camp Pendleton and served in the South Pacific, including
at Guadalcanal. He was hospitalized for a tropical disease
and returned to the Pacific on the day World War II ended.
John lived in Northern and Southern California until 1973
when he and his wife, Beverly, moved to Albuquerque, then
to Rio Rancho and started a construction company building
custom homes until they returned to California in 1989. John
got sober on October 16, 1961 and he carried the message to
thousands of alcoholics, afflicted the comfortable and comforted
the afflicted and began meetings that thrive to this day.
He is survived by Beverly; three daughters; a son; eight grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and countless
friends, sponsers, and a host of people who will miss him
greatly. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
May 7, 2011 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania
Ave., San Diego, CA. A potluck celebration of John's life
will be held at 6:00 p.m. on July 17, 2011 at Nativity Church
School, 4th and Alameda NW, Albuquerque, marking the 32nd
year of the Big Book Study that John started. In his memory,
put in some extra when they pass the hat.
LAJOIE, O'NEIL G.
AUGUSTA -- O'Neil Gerard Lajoie, of Mount Vernon Avenue,
died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the age of 88, at the Hospice
Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center
at Togus. He was surrounded by his extensive family and the
caring hospice staff.
Born in Van Buren on June 30, 1921, to Christopher and Alma
(Dube) Lajoie, O'Neil then relocated with his family to the
Augusta area in the early 1930s.
He married Lorette (Bernier) in 1949. They celebrated their
60th anniversary in June of this year.
O'Neil started his construction career at Wyman and Simpson
in Augusta. He established his own company in 1960, initially
with his brother, then bringing in his sons Kenneth, Steve
and John, who took over the reins when he retired. Lajoie
Brothers Construction continues today and employs several
generations of Lajoie children along with many other employees.
O'Neil felt a great sense of pride and accomplishment whenever
he saw a Lajoie Brothers' truck, employee or project in operation.
O'Neil served in the Marine Corps from 1940 to 1945, carrying
out the majority of his duties in the Pacific Theater during
World War II. He ended his military career with honor as a
gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps Raiders. He was twice
wounded in battle and awarded two Purple Hearts. O'Neil was
recently awarded the State of Maine Silver Star for his service
and valor. He was extremely proud of his association with
the Marine Corps Raiders and his service to his country.
O'Neil was a communicant of St. Augustine Catholic Church
and was devoted to his faith in God and the church. He was
a lifetime member of Le Club Calumet, the Benevolent and Protective
Order of the Elks and the Disabled American Veterans.
Our father will be lovingly remembered for his commitment
to his family, his strength, work ethic and his honesty and
integrity. We will also fondly remember his ability to tell
a story, share a laugh and have a good time with family and
friends. Many will remember the regular outings in O'Neil's
backyard as "the best of times."
The Lajoie family would like to express our sincerest gratitude
and appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff in the palliative
care and hospice unit at Togus. Our father was able to live
his final days with dignity, respect and love and, for that,
we will be forever grateful.
O'Neil was predeceased by his son, Robert "Bobby" Lajoie
in 1983; his grandson, Jason Stoddard, in 2000; and his brothers
Raymond, Armand and Joseph Lajoie.
He is survived by his wife, Lorette; four sons, Kenneth and
his wife, Lois (Hibbert), Stephen and his wife, Cheryl (Stoddard),
John and his wife, Debbie (Marshall), all of Augusta, and
Jeffrey and his wife, Kristine (Beverly), of La Vista, Neb.;
five daughters, Barbara and her husband, Carl Fenwick, of
Sidney, Elaine and her husband, Michael Barden, of Augusta,
Jeanne Lajoie, of Portland, Christine Lajoie-Cameron and her
husband, Jack Cameron, of Manchester, and Gail Lajoie, of
Falmouth; two sisters, Aurora Hook of Silver Spring, Md.,
and Arline Hawkins, of Augusta; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
At the family's request, there will be no visiting hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
Nov. 3, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. A private committal
ceremony with military honors will take place at the Maine
Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in
O'Neil's memory to Veterans' Affairs, Togus Hospice Unit,
Togus, VAMC, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330.
Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home,
16 Pleasant St., Augusta.
LAMBERT, EARL M.
Earl M. Lambert passed away on Sunday October 5, 2008 at
the age of 86 years.
Beloved husband of Joyce Butler Lambert of Ponchatoula. Loving
father of Earl M. Lambert II (Susan) of Houston, TX, Betty
Lambert Tallo (Vincent O.) of Baton Rouge, Robert (Bobby)
L. Lambert (Susie), Carol Lambert-LaNasa (Jimmy) and William
(Billy) D. Lambert (Ce-Ce) of Ponchatoula.
Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Lambert Jr. and
Leonard L. Lambert and one granddaughter, Amy Kathryn Tallo.
Mr. Lambert forged a brotherhood with his fellow U.S. Marine
Raiders that endured throughout his life. He dedicated 44
years of his life as a loyal employee of Western Electric.
He had a life long passion for making old cars new and was
a good master of the dogs that loved him. He left great memories
for his wife, children and grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass
at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain
Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
at 12:00 PM.
Interment in Metairie Cemetery. Friends may visit after 10:00
Memorial donations may be sent to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Vital Hospice,
1320 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, LA 70401.
LAMBSON, ROBERT G.
Bob R.G. Lambson, 84, died early Thursday morning, December
18, 2008. He was born April 6, 1924, in the town of Leslie,
Idaho, population 8. He grew up with his father in Boise,
graduating from Boise High in 1941. He then visited his mother
in Los Angeles, California, just in time to be involved in
World War II. Joining the Marine Raiders, a prestigious fighting
force, he saw action at Bougainville, the Solomon Islands,
Guam, Okinawa, and the Occupation of Japan. After his discharge
on December 6, 1945, he attended Riverside Junior College
receiving his Associate of Arts degree in June of 1947. He
returned to the Los Angeles area, attending U.S.C. to earn
a Bachelor of Science Degree in June of 1949 and his Master
of Science Degree in 1950. Then came the Korean Conflict;
being in the reserves he was called up again, subsequently
going to officers' training school in Quantico, Virginia,
where he earned the rank of first lieutenant. He was discharged
in June 1952. Bob's interest in working with children led
him to the field of education. He taught for awhile in the
San Bernardino area. After earning a second Master's Degree
in Education from U.S.C. in June, 1955, he began teaching
in Santa Monica at John Adams Junior High School becoming
a counselor and then vice principal. At this point he decided
to go back to school again. He earned a Doctorate Degree in
Education at Oregon State in June, 1963. He returned to Southern
California and became a counselor at Santa Monica City College
and then was selected to be principal of John Adams Junior
High in 1964. He married Patricia Wynn Golden, August 1, 1970.
After a very successful career as John Adams' principal, he
retired in 1978. He enjoyed his retirement with his wife,
Patricia, and their travels all over the world. He was a devoted
son to his mother Ina, as well as a loving and teasing stepfather
to Hugh Golden, Claudia Golden Cobabe and Claudia's husband,
Robert Cobabe and step-grandfather to Holly Cobabe Henderson,
and Tyler, Allison and Benjamin Cobabe. He will be greatly
missed by us all.
LAMPLEY, EUGENE T., JR.
Funeral services for Mr. Eugene Thomas Lampley Jr., 86, of
Bon Aqua, were held Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at the chapel of
the Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Calvin Parker officiating.
Burial followed at Parker Fowlkes Cemetery.
Mr. Lampley died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 at his home.
He was a retired soil scientist and consultant with the federal,
state and local governments.
A native of Williamson County, he was the son of the late
Eugene Thomas Sr. and Myrtle Richardson Lampley.
He was a member of the Brown’s Chapel Church of Christ and
he had served his country as a Marine Raider. He served in
the Solomon Islands during World War II. He was the closest
living survivor to the Port Chicago explosion. He was also
married to the late Nancy Jarrell Lampley who died in 2005.
Survivors include his sons, Mark Lampley and his wife, Sherry
of Bon Aqua and Michael Lampley and his fiancé, Karen
Knight of Dickson; sister, Ms. Eugenia Lampley of Dickson;
three grandsons and three great-grandsons; and several nieces
Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans.
LANDRUM, EDWARD C.
SCOTTSVILLE — Edward Carline "Sharpy" Landrum,
87, died May 26, 2009, at the Alvin C. York Veterans Facility
in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
He was born Feb. 11, 1922. He was a Marine Raider serving
in World War II under Col. Roosevelt in the Pacific Theater
and a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was
a son of the late Basil Mills Landrum and Stella Evans Landrum.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne "Tootsie"
Reynolds and Joann Norris.
Funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday at T.W. Crow & Son Funeral
Home, with burial in Allen County Memorial Gardens. Visitation
is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday
at the funeral home. The funeral home will be open for visitation
at regular times Thursday.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Sarver Landrum of Bowling
Green; a son, Scott Mills Landrum and his wife, Olivia Kay,
of Weatherford, Texas; three grandchildren, Patrick and Evan
Landrum, both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Emma Caroline Landrum
of Weatherford; two sisters, Jean Garmon of Bowling Green
and Alene Gibbs of Indianapolis; and a brother, Billy Landrum
of Lafayette, Tenn.
LANO, ROBERT E.
Robert E. Lano, 84, of Oak Harbor, died Wednesday, Oct. 3,
2007, in Cottage Cove at Riverview Senior Health Care Campus
in Oak Harbor, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.
He was born June 14, 1923, in Port Clinton, the son of the
now deceased Charles and Antoinette (Schmitt) Lano. His skills
as a welder and fabricator provided years of support on the
family farm where he made his loving home with Mary and their
six children. Bob retired in 1987 from the DeVilbis Co. where
he was employed as a welding engineer. Bob was a proud veteran
of World War II serving as an elite Marine Raider, 4th Battalion,
of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific area
and the Central Pacific area and participated in battles in
Emirau Island, St. Matthias Group, Guam and Marianas Island.
He was wounded in action in Guam July 26, 1944, and was awarded
the Purple Heart. He then spent a year and one day in naval
hospitals. Bob was a life member of the Disabled American
Veterans, American Legion and VFW; was a charter member of
the Marine Raider Association; and a member of the Lou Diamond
Chapter of the Marine Corps League.
Surviving are his daughters, Maureen (Carl) Blum of Boonton
Twp., N.J., Kate (Denny) Howerth of Port Clinton, Susie (Mark)
Charlton of Oak Harbor and Roberta (Mike) Watson of Pickerington;
son, Richard (Jami) Lano of Port Clinton; and son-in-law,
Mike Pahl of Pickerington; 14 grandchildren; five step grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren;
brother, Jack Lano of Anaheim, Calif.; and numerous nieces
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Hopfinger) on
June 14, 2003; daughter, Teddy Pahl on Feb. 13, 2002; and
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in Neidecker, LeVeck
and Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where Marine Corps
League services will be 11 a.m. Monday followed by burial
in Riverview Cemetery with full graveside military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice or St.
Jude's Children's Hospital.
LANSDALE, PAUL R.
Lansdale, Paul K., age 93, of Maitland, FL, passed away on
Monday, January 30, 2012. Paul was born on May 8, 1918 in
Atlanta, GA to the late Harrison G. and Dora Mae (Keller)
Paul moved to Central Florida in the late 1920's and graduated
from Orlando High School. Paul served his country as a U.S.
Marine during WWII as a member of the Marine Raider Battalion
in the Pacific Islands and subsequently was stationed in New
Upon returning to the U.S. after WWII, Paul and his wife
Aline (Nilsson) Lansdale settled in Maitland, FL. where he
lived for the remainder of his life. Paul and his beloved
wife Aline were married for over 50 years until her death
Paul is survived by his children; Jannett (DeWitt) Casler
of Richmond, VA, and Eugene (Diana) Lansdale of Lakeland,
FL. Grandchildren; Kimberly Heckemeyer, Sam and Ben Lansdale,
and DeWitt and James Casler, also surviving are 4 great-grandchildren,
and his nephew; Jimmy Lansdale of Pompano Beach, FL.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother,
and one son; Geoffrey.
Graveside services will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Park
on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to
the Hospice House at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte
Springs, FL. Arrangements entrusted to Carey Hand Cox-Parker
Funeral Home, Winter Park, FL.
LARTZ, JOHN F., JR.
John F. "Jack" Lartz, 76, a retired official of the U.S.
Information Agency and a veteran of World War II, died of
a heart ailment March 22, 1999 at his home on Hilton Head
Island, South Carolina.
Mr. Lartz was a Washington native and a graduate of Roosevelt
High School. He served in the Marine Corps in Edson's Raiders
in the Pacific in World War II and was wounded in action.
His military decorations included the Purple Heart.
After the war, Mr. Lartz graduated from the University of
Maryland. In 1949, while still a student, he became a photographer
for The Washington Post. In the early 1950s, he joined the
old International News Service. He was a member of the White
House News Photographers Association.
In 1956, he began his career with the USIA as a writer and
photographer. He served two tours of duty in the Philippines
as an information officer. He was assigned to Voice of America
when he retired in 1982.
A former resident of Rockville, Mr. Lartz had lived on Hilton
Head since 1989.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Betty"
Lartz of Hilton Head; two children, Carole Goodwin of Atlanta
and John F. Lartz III of Poolesville; a sister, Jane E. Schneider
of Berlin, Md.; and four grandchildren.
Inurnment, with military honors, Arlington National Cemetery
Columbarium, Wednesday, April 7, at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to World War II Memorial,
American Battle Monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington,
LAYLAND, EDWARD R.
Edward R. Layland, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November
1, 2009 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Edward Richard Layland was born to Charles and Belle (Raynard)
Layland on Sept. 5, 1923 in LaCrosse, Wis. He grew up and
attended school in LaCrosse. He then valiantly served his
country during World War II, in the 4th Marine Raiders. He
received numerous medals and commendations.
On July 1, 1946 he was united in marriage to Rita Brasda.
They made their home in LaCrescent, Minn., and Edward worked
as a carpenter. He later moved to Osage, where he resided
for 25 years before moving to the Lamplighter in Detroit Lakes
three years ago. Edward moved to Emmanuel Nursing Home earlier
Edward’s hobbies included hunting and fishing. His family
would like to express a special thank you to all of Edward’s
loving friends and the wonderful staff at Lamplighter and
Emmanuel Nursing Home.
Surviving Edward are his three daughters, Linda (Larry) Soland
of Houston, Minn., Joan (Jim) Falk of Creighton, Mo., and
Norma Milligan of Temple, Texas; one son, David Layland of
St. Paul; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was his daughter, Rita.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.
4, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, with visitation
for one hour prior to services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral
Home in Detroit Lakes.
Former Palmer resident Phillip Lazenby, 85, went to be with
the Lord on Jan. 28  in Bellevue, Wash.
Mr. Lazenby was born April 29, 1923, in Long Beach, Calif.,
to Ivy and Alfred Lazenby. He joined the Marine Corps during
WWII and fought in many battles in the South Pacific – Semper
After the war, he married his wife, Peggy, on Aug. 26, 1947.
They were married for over 61 years. They followed Phil’s
dream to live in Alaska and arrived in Anchorage in 1949,
where they lived in a walled, tent-house on Ship Creek for
the first year. His first job was with Anchorage Sand &
Gravel. They then moved to Palmer in the Matanuska Valley,
Butte area, where they built a 20-by-20-foot cabin and raised
their four children. For many years Phil worked as a powder
monkey at the Jonesville coal mine near Sutton. Many days
he would come home from working in sub-zero weather at the
strip mine; with so much coal dust on his face and clothes
that you could hardly recognize him. While living in the Mat-Su
Valley he also gave vegetable farming a try. Phil was a true
Alaska pioneer and was drawn to all Alaska had to offer. He
loved the fishing, hunting, camping, clamming, crabbing and
Robert Service poetry. The entire family was included on many
of his adventures. In the early days, tent camping was the
preferred method of shelter. Later on in life, a motorhome
replaced the tent, the first of which was a Winnebago.
In 1968 he moved his family to the Kenai Peninsula where
he worked for Chevron at the Swanson River Field. He absolutely
loved his job at Chevron and the many friends he worked with.
At home, on Longmere Lake, you could always see the smoke
lifting effortlessly above the chimney and feel the warmth
of a well-stoked stove as you entered. After retirement from
Chevron, the loss of their home to an electrical fire, and
several medical issues; they moved to Bellevue, Wash., in
1983. Leaving Alaska did not curtail his search for adventure.
He took many motor home trips around the southern 48. Even
though he used a cane; keeping up with him on his daily walks
Phil’s quick wit, easygoing attitude and love for his family
will be remembered by all. We miss you Dad.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years; brother,
Jack Lazenby of Orange County, Calif.,; sister-in-law Rose
Stimson and husband Mel of Bellevue, Wash.; sons, Sam Lazenby
and wife Barb, of Anchorage; Ron Lazenby and wife Pam of Kenai;
Randy Lazenby of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter, Vicki Myers and
husband Chris of Kenai; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in
Kenai. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Phillip
Lazenby to www.toysfortots.org.
LAZETICH, WILLIAM V.
William V. (Bill) Lazetich was born Oct. 16, 1916, to Peter
and Mary Lazetich. One of nine children, he grew up on the
family dairy farm in Anaconda. He attended Lost Creek School
and Anaconda High where he played basketball on the State
Championship "Wonder Team" and received a scholarship
to the University of Montana in Missoula.
Bill was the first junior in U of M history to win the coveted
Grizzly Cup, the award given to the student with the highest
all-around excellence in athletics, scholarship and outstanding
service to the University. He was one of the few Grizzly athletes
to earn nine varsity letters in three sports. Upon graduation,
Bill played professional football for the Cleveland Rams and
was later inducted into the U of M Athletic Hall of Fame.
During World War II, Bill served in the Pacific and saw extensive
action with the highly decorated First Marine Raider Battalion.
He rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Purple
Heart for wounds suffered in Okinawa. Upon recovery, he rejoined
his troops and on Aug. 30, 1945, he became one of the first
Americans to set foot in a defeated Japan.
When Bill returned to Montana to teach and coach, he met
the real ‘love of his life,’ Daisy Pekich. They were married
on July 20, 1947, and celebrated fifty-five great years and
four children. They enjoyed more than thirty years of teaching
and coaching at Billings Senior High, three state championships
(Football 1947, Basketball 1960 and 1967), AA Coach of the
Year, and induction into the Montana High School Coach’s Hall
of Fame. In retirement, ‘Marshall’ Bill "worked"
for Pro Paul Allen at the Yellowstone Country Club…and Daisy
enjoyed every moment.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Daisy; his parents;
brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Sandra
(Mel) Wattula, Andy (Camila) Wattula and Charlie; son Pete
(Cindy) Lazetich, Johnno (Jamie) Lazetich, Nina (Luke) Hammerness;
daughter Karen (Mike) Moses, Brandy (Patrick) Straub, Lindsey
(Stephen) Guccione and Tymer; and daughter Maria (Jim) Kiplinger,
Maddie and Will.
Gentleman, Coach, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great
grandfather… Bill passed away on Nov. 18, 2009.
Our Hearts to Bob Zupan…the best coach and friend anyone
could ask for…by Dad’s side on the bench in basketball and
life…win or lose…good days and bad…you made every team a "Wonder
Team" and every day a "Wonder Day."
Special Thanks to Dr. Steve Gerstner and to the St. John’s
Powers Cottage "Wonder Team" for their extraordinary
care and caring given Dad and our entire family. God Bless
Chiemi, Jaylene, Faith, Stacey, Jackie, Angie, Megan, Felicia,
Tara, Kathryn, Talitha, Chad, and Vicki.
Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov.
24, at 1 p.m., Kathy Lillis Chapel, 2429 Mission Way in Billings.
Memorials may be made to the Education Foundation for Billings
Public Schools, 415 N 30th, Billings MT 59101 or charity of
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
LEARST, MELVIN J.
Melvin J. Learst, age 88, a lifetime resident of Clinton
Township, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at South Haven Community
Hospital. He was born October 27, 1920, in Chatham, Ontario,
Canada to Albert and Dora (Deacon) Learst. Melvin, though
a Canadian, served with the 3rd U.S. Marine Raider Battalion
during World War II. He was granted citizenship in 1946. Melvin
married Grace Turner on August 19, 1944. Melvin worked for
Michcon Gas Company for 35 years retiring in 1986. He was
preceded in death along with his parents by his son, Thomas
Allen Learst who died in 1964. He is survived by his wife
of 65 years, Eva Grace Learst of South Haven; one daughter,
Joanne (David) Putman of South Haven; one granddaughter, Emily
(David) Davich of Spotsylvania, Virginia. No services are
scheduled at this time. The family is being helped by the
Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven (269)637-0333.
Pvt. Elmo LeBleu, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pascal LeBleu of Lake
Charles, was killed in action [July 9, 1943] while on duty
with the U.S. Marines; his family was notified this week.
Pvt. LeBleu had been in the Marines since September, 1942.
Surviving him besides his parents are five sisters, Mrs.
Evelyn Elliott, Mrs. Katherine Cole, Mrs. Agnes Arvile, Mrs.
Helen Airhart, all of Lake Charles, and Mrs. Dorothy Mae Suydam
of Florida; and four brothers, Creighton, Weber, Pascal, Jr.,
and Willard who is in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Beaufort,
Pvt. was last heard from in the Guadalcanal area, and members
of the family were not advised as to where the action occurred
in which he lost his life.
He attended Marion High School.
LEMISTER, GEORGE F.
George F. Lemister, 87, former Valley Resident, died at Van
Duyn Home and Hospital on Monday [August 18, 2008].
Born in Syracuse, NY he was an employee of General Electric
and a bartender at the Valley Legion. George was a Marine
Veteran of WW II serving in the Guadalcanal – Tulagi Invasion
and the Battle of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. He was a member
of the American Legion Valley Post 1468.
Surviving are his special friend, Olga Long of Syracuse,
nieces and nephews, Pamela (Corky) Sprague of Liverpool, Deb
(Jack) Ennis and Sheila Connors, all of Georgia, John (Carolyn)
Connors of Massachusetts.
At George’s request, he has donated his body to SUNY Medical
University. There are no funeral services scheduled. The family
wishes to thank the staff of the 5th floor at Van Duyn for
their exceptional care given to George.
LENKOSKI, HENRY F.
Henry F. Lenkoski , 80, of Zion, died on Saturday, July 13,
2002 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion. Henry was
born June 22, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of Laborers
International Union of North America, Local #300 of California,
and he served with the 1st Marine Raiders in Guadalcanal during
World War II. He was dearly loved by friends and family and
will be missed by all.
Survivors include his children Dennis K. Lenkoski of Antioch,
Connie (Terry) Nelson of Zion and Karen (Robert) Russell of
Round Lake, Illinois; six grandchildren: Theresa (Kevin) Johnson,
Patty (Jim) Gregerson, Harold (April) Nelson, Kimberly (Kevin)
Cobb, Brian Lenkoski and Nikki White; seven great-grandchildren:
Justin Gregerson, Jason Johnson, Michael, Timothy, Brittany
and Kevin Cobb, Jr. and Sabrina Nelson; three sisters, Helen
(Wally) Kumza of Huntington Beach, California and Dolores
Cimoch and Vicky Lenkoski , both of Pittsburgh; and one brother,
Mike Lenkoski also of Pittsburgh.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frederick Lenn
and Joe Lenkoski ; by two sisters, Francis Horchler and Stella
Hooper; and by his parents, Hieronim and Mary (nee Kwiatek)
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at
10:30AM at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion
with Chaplains Bill Oestreich of Sheridan Health Care Center
and Willis Mayfield officiating.
Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 16, 2002 from 5:00 until
8:00PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the
family c/o Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion.
LENZ, NORMAN J.
Norman J. Lenz, 85, of Sebewaing, died Saturday, February
25, 2006, at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw following
a four-month illness. He was born May 13, 1920 in Sebewaing,
son of the late Roman and Amelia (Strochein) Lenz. He was
married to Katherine M. Brinkman on December 4, 1943 in Sebewaing.
She preceded him in death on July 27, 2005 after 61 years
of marriage. Norm had been a gentleman farmer in the Sebewaing
area for many years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during
World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member
of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Sebewaing V.F.W. Post
No. 4115, Sebewaing American Legion Post No. 293, Disabled
American Veterans and the Farm Bureau. He loved cruising and
card playing. Surviving are two daughters and their spouses,
Jean Kay and Gene Seibel, of Gaylord, and Sandra Lynn and
Roger Jenkins, of Northville; four grandchildren and their
spouses, Christine and Scott Steensma, Matthew Seibel, Jennifer
Jenkins, and Jessica and Mike Hans; two great-grandchildren,
Eowyn and Taran; three sisters, Clara Nitz, of Sebewaing,
Amanda Kruse, of Cedar Springs, and Ella Marries, of Rochester,
and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
two sisters, Hulda Fralick and Alma Rockefeller; and three
brothers, Rudolph, Reinhart and Raymond Lenz. The funeral
will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2006, at
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. The Rev. Daniel Hahn
will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation
will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral
Home in Sebewaing. He will lie in state at the church from
10 a.m. on Monday until the time of the service. Those planning
an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Immanuel Lutheran
Church, Radio Mission Fund, Stephen Ministries, or the Sebewaing
V.F.W. Post No. 4115.
LEPIEN, CALVIN A.
Services for Calvin Lepien, 80, of Redford Township were
today, Thursday, Jan. 9, in Fisher Funeral Home, with burial
at Parkview Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Mearl Bradley,
Michigan State Police Chaplain.
Mr. Lepien was born July 14, 1922, in Ann Arbor, and died
Jan. 2, 2003, in Ann Arbor. He was a retired Michigan State
Police detective lieutenant. He was a former U.S. Marine Raider
and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his children, Glenn (Toshiko) Lepien, Barbara
(Larry) Walton and Della (Steve) Resetar; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Lepien was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet, November
LIAPIS, PETER P.
PRICE/BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. - Peter Paul Liapis, age 83, passed
away peacefully July 29, 2007 at his home in Bullhead City,
He was born Oct. 31, 1923 in Mohrland to Paul and Foto Lambrinos
Liapis. Married Alberta Leo in the Greek Orthodox Church in
Price prior to moving to California.
Pete enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the beginning of
WWII, spending three years of combat in the Pacific. He was
wounded at Guam and the Marianas Islands and received the
Purple Heart while serving with the Carlson Raider Battalion.
Pete returned to Carbon County, where he was a member of
the Carbon College championship football team. He was honored
as a member of the all-conference football team in 1947 when
they won the championship.
Pete won many boxing titles, including the international
heavy weight title of AAU. His success in amateur boxing led
him to move to Fullerton, Calif., where he was a counselor
and coach for the Fullerton Boys Club for 23 years.
Pete was associated with many professional sports dignitaries
who held him in the highest esteem. His association with Rick
Miller, director of 11 Boys Clubs of Phoenix and founder of
the Kids for Hope National Foundation was Pete's life career.
After retirement from the Fullerton Boys Club, he was a successful
businessman owning hotels in California and Arizona. But in
his heart and mind, he was always the athletic director of
the Fullerton Boys Club.
May his memory be eternal.
Survived by his loving wife, Alberta, Bullhead City, Ariz.;
sons, Rock, Bullhead City, Ariz.; Peter Jr., Los Angeles,
Calif.; daughter, Faye Schumacher, Redding, Calif.; sisters,
Sylvia (John) Platis, Dorothy Kay, Helen Maxfield; four grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents
and brothers, George and Harry Liapis.
Funeral service Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek
Orthodox Church, Price. Trisagion service, Friday evening,
7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's
Friday and Saturday one hour prior to service. Committal,
Price City Cemetery.
LIEBIG, CHARLES W.
Charles William Liebig, 85, of Seal Beach, formerly of San
Diego, died Dec. 14 . He was born in St. Joseph, Mo.,
and was a district chief for San Diego County Social Services.
He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was
a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Theresa Do; daughters, Diane
Liebig, Tini Nakashima and Tina Liebig; brother, Merrill Liebig;
and two grandchildren.
Visitation: 2 to 8 p.m. today, Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial
Ave., San Diego.
Services: 9 a.m. tomorrow, Garden Chapel, Greenwood Mortuary.
Interment: after services, Greenwood Memorial Park.
LILLIG, LEROY S.
LeRoy Stephen Lillig died Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008, at Mercy
Hospital in Iowa City after an extended illness. He lived
89 years, 9 months and 24 days.
LeRoy was born April 21, 1918, in Keota, the son of Peter
and Anna (Meicher) Lillig. He attended St. Mary’s School in
Keota. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marines 4th Division,
6th Battalion during World War II. He was also a member of
Colonel Edson’s Raiders, an elite sharpshooter unit. He received
two Purple Heart Awards, an American Campaign Award and a
World War II Victory Medal. On July 11, 1947, he was united
in marriage to Margaret A. McNurlen in Cedar Rapids. He worked
as a scaleman for River Products Quarry for over 20 years,
retiring in 1988. He lived in Keota all of his life, wintering
in Texas the last 20 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity
Parish- St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keota. He was a lifetime
member of the Keota V.F.W. Post #4716. He enjoyed camping,
fishing, hunting, but most of all spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Lillig of Keota; a daughter
Susan (Bill) Messner of Sterling Colo.; a daughter-in-law
Linda Lillig of Omaha, Neb.; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren
and 9 great- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his parents; a son Michael; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:30 am on Tues., Feb.
19 at Holy Trinity Parish St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keota,
with Fr. Charles Fladung officiating. Inurnment will be at
a later date. Visitation took place Mon., Feb. 18 from 4 to
7 pm, with a Wake Service at 7 pm at the Powell Funeral Home
and Cremation Service in Keota.
Memorials may be given to the Keota QRS. Powell Funeral Home
and Cremation Service in Keota is handling the arrangements.
LINDBERG, CHARLES W.
Charles Lindberg, the Marine who raised the first American
flag at Iwo Jima during WWII, died Sunday [June 24, 2007]
at the age of 86.
Soon after Chuck Lindberg helped raise the first American
flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, he
returned to the fight. A few hours later, another group of
Marines hoisted a larger flag, in a scene etched in history
by a prize-winning photo. Lindberg, the last survivor among
the men who raised that first American flag on Japanese soil
during World War II, died Sunday in Edina. The longtime Richfield
resident was 86; today would have been his 87th birthday.
Before Iwo Jima, Lindberg had already been in two island
campaigns, Guadalcanal and Bougainville, as part of an elite
outfit called Carlson's Raiders that operated behind enemy
On Iwo Jima, where he manned a flamethrower, he earned the
Silver Star for valor. One day early in the campaign, he and
a colleague made repeated attacks on fortified Japanese positions.
"You can't run too good with that 72-pound weapon on your
back," he told the Star Tribune in 1985. "But you duck and
dodge the best you can."
Later during the ferocious battle for the Pacific island,
Lindberg was evacuated after being shot in the right forearm,
and he received a Purple Heart.
The raising of the first flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945,
was captured by photographer Sgt. Lou Lowery.
Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture
of the second flag going up four hours later, after the first
one was lowered. That photo won a Pulitzer Prize and immortalized
the men in it. It also became the model for the Marine Corps
Memorial statue in Arlington, Va.
When the iconic picture was taken, Lindberg was no longer
on top of the mountain. He was fighting Japanese soldiers
hiding in caves only yards from the flag.
After his discharge from the military in January 1946, Lindberg
went home to Grand Forks, N.D. He moved to the Twin Cities
in 1951 and became an electrician.
No one, he said, believed him when he said he raised the
first flag at Iwo Jima. "I was called a liar," Lindberg once
He spent his final years trying to raise awareness of the
first flag-raising, speaking to veterans groups and at schools.
In 1995, the Marine Corps helped set the record straight,
when Lindberg was flown to a reunion of war veterans on Iwo
Shortly before his flight, Lindberg said that not a day went
by that he didn't think of the war: "It seems like just yesterday
Also in 1995, the Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution
in Lindberg's honor. He is included in several Minnesota war
The city of Richfield, where Lindberg made his home since
1953, has helped to recognize him, too.
A bronze bust of him will be included in the monument to
all veterans that is being built at Veterans Memorial Park
in the city. The monument is expected to be completed in July
"He was such a modest man, and he didn't get the recognition
until recently for what he has done," said Steve Devich, Richfield's
city manager. "I wished so much he would have been around
to see the dedication of that memorial," said Devich.
Lindberg was an active member of the Fred Babcock VFW Post
5555 in Richfield. Until the past year, when ill health limited
his ability to get out, he and his wife, Vi, continued to
help put on festivities and help homebound veterans.
"Chuck was a very quiet person. You couldn't have a nicer
guy. Chuck was the one who would help any veteran," said Mike
Brand, commander of the Babcock VFW post.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by daughters
Diane Steiger of Burnsville and Karen Davidson of Roseau,
Minn.; sons Rod of Ely, Minn., Rick of Hermantown, Minn.,
and Jeff of Ramsey; sisters, Dorothy Wencl of Washington state
and Margaret Thurber of Anoka, and 15 grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling
Chapel, Historic Fort Snelling, at Hwy. 55 and Hwy. 5.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Morris
Nilsen Funeral Chapel, 6527 Portland Av., Richfield, and at
10 a.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling Chapel.
LINDSEY, DAVID G.
David Garvin Lindsey, Sr., 85, of Roanoke, died Saturday
evening, December 23, 2006 at his home. Garvin was a Staff
Sergeant serving with the United States Marine Corps (Edson's
Raiders) during World War II. After leaving the military,
he and his late brother, Emmett Lindsey, founded Concrete
Ready Mixed Corporation and Castle Sands Company. He has served
as President and Board Member of the Virginia Ready Mixed
Concrete Association and has served on the Boards of National
Ready Mixed Concrete Association; Roanoke Regional Chamber
of Commerce; Evergreen Burial Park and Mountain View Memorial
Park. Garvin was a member and deacon emeritus at Rosalind
Hills Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Robert Hampton and Hettie Ferrell Lindsey; his first wife,
Clarice (Judy) McCoy Lindsey; his brothers, James Millard
Lindsey and Emmett W. Lindsey; his sisters, Lorine Anderson
and Reba Athey and his son-in-law Laurence Carr. Surviving
are his wife, Mary Jo Lindsey; his sons, David G. Lindsey,
Jr., and wife Donna of New Castle and Robert M. (Bobby) Lindsey
and wife Becky of Roanoke; his daughters, Catherine (Cathy)
Carr of Salem and Deborah (Debbie) Lindsey of Roanoke; his
grandchildren, Vanessa Brunner and husband Rob, David G. Lindsey,
III and wife Tina, Brittany Lindsey, Natalie Carr and Daniel
Lindsey; a great-grandson, Scott Brunner; his sister, Betty
L. Scruggs of Roanoke; his sisters-in-law, Audrey Lindsey,
Marguerite Olinger, Peggy Price and Norma Rutledge; several
nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special caregiver, Barbara
Mullins, whom the family thanks for being so good to Garvin
during his illness. A service celebrating his life will be
held at Oakey's South Chapel, Thursday, December 28, 2006;
2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Tom Stocks officiating. Interment
in Evergreen Burial Park. Garvin loved his church and the
family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made
to Rosalind Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, 2711 Laburnum
Ave, Roanoke, Va., 24015. The family will receive friends
Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel (989-3131).
LINTING, HILBERT F.
Hilbert F. Linting, Sr., age 79, August 5, 2002. Beloved
husband of the late Jeanette. Loving father of Carol, Larry
(Gloria), Judy (Chet), Willie, Linda (Duane) and Katie (Paul).
Dearest grandfather of Michele, Jennifer, Samantha, Nicole
and great-granddaughter Lauren. Visitation Tuesday 1-9 pm.
Funeral Wednesday 11:00 am at the Jarzembowski Funeral Home
18957 W. Warren (at Artesian). Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.
LINTON, FRED C.
MELLEN -- Fred C. Linton, 77, of Mellen, died Saturday, Aug.
14, 1999, at Mellen Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son
of the Rev. Thomas and Bess Linton. He graduated from Lebanon,
Indiana High School.
On Jan. 9, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Louise
Krueger. He retired from Cahodas Paoli Food Services of Ironwood,
Mich., in 1987. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church
of Mellen, the Mellen VFW, American Legion, the Disabled American
Veterans, and Edson Raider Marine Organization. Fred served
his country during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps Raiders.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for gallantry
in action. Fred enjoyed fishing, baseball, basketball, and
spending time with his family. Fred, you will be missed by
He is survived by his wife, Louise, Mellen; a son, Michael
(Barb) Linton, Marengo; granddaughters, Michelle (Brian) Basolo,
Independence, and Sara (Andrew) Wickman, Marengo; and great-grandchildren,
Brandon and Brianna Basolo, Savannah Wickman, and Christopher
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m.
Memorial Service at the Novitzke Funeral Home in Mellen, with
Fr. Gerald Hagen officiating.
Inurnment will be in the Mellen Union Cemetery, Mellen, with
military rites accorded by the Mellen VFW.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established
in his name.
Arrangements are by the Novitzke Funeral Home in Mellen.
LIVERSEDGE, HARRY B.
Washington (AP)--Brig. Gen. Harry B. Liversedge, 57, whose
28th Marine Regiment figured in the historic "raising of the
flag" on Iwo Jima in World War II, died today [November 25,
1951] in the Navy Medical center in Bethesda, Md.
The Iwo Jima campaign produced the famous picture of a group
from the 28th's "Easy" Company raising the Stars and Stripes
over Mount Suribachi Feb. 23, 1945. Liversedge's part in the
operation won him a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross.
Born in Volcanoe, Cal., 1894, Liversedge was an athlete at
the University of California when he enlisted in the Marines
in May, 1917. He was commissioned in 1918 and moved up to
first lieutenant while serving with the 5th Brigade in World
War I. He was a member of Navy track squads, took part in
Olympic games of 1920 and 1924, and played on championship
Marine Corps football teams of the 1920s.
LOAR, JACOB M.
MIDLOTHIAN — Jacob Melvin Loar, 86, of Midlothian, died Tuesday,
Jan. 27, 2009, at the Frostburg Nursing Center.
Jacob was born on March 10, 1922, in Loartown. He was the
son of the late Jacob and Edith (Fatkin) Loar. He was preceded
in death by a sister, Ruth Hester.
Jacob was a former employee of Kelly Springfield Tire Company.
He served his country during World War II in the Marine Corps
and was a member of the Carlson Raiders. He was a member of
the American Legion Farrady Post 24. Jacob was an avid coon
hunter. He loved fishing and pitching horseshoes. His greatest
joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Sarah (Seggie) Loar; two sons,
Gary Loar and wife Debbie, of Cresaptown, and Robert Loar
and wife Sherry, of Fayetteville, N.C.; two daughters, Diana
Cutter and husband Duke, of Midlothian, and Debby Donahue,
of LaVale; daughter, Sandy Jenkins, of Pittsburgh; and son,
Ronald Loar, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Richard Cutter,
Melissa Shimer, Chad Cutter, Jacob Loar, Lisa Brown, Denise
Shirley, and Tonya Lowery; step-grandchildren, Chelsie Broadwater,
Travis Broadwater, Roger Murphy, and Billy Murphy; great-grandchildren,
Jordan Cutter, Ricky Cutter, Nina Cutter, Cody Shirley, Sarah
Shirley, Makenna Lowery, and Matthew Lowery; stepgreat-grandchildren,
Trever and Tyler Broadwater; and a sister, Irene Robertson,
Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, P.A.,
Frostburg, on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on
Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastor George Loar officiating.
Pallbearers will be Rick Cutter, Chad Cutter, Cody Shirley,
Ron Shirley, Steve Lowery, Duke Cutter, and Jacob Loar.
Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Military honors will be accorded by Farrady Post 24 of the
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WMHS-Hospice
LOCKWOOD, HARRY A.
Harry Albert Lockwood, 86, of Monroe died Thursday [January
At his request, no funeral or memorial services will be held.
Cremation will take place and the ashes interred at Roselawn
Memorial Park, LaSalle. Arrangements are under the direction
of Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe.
Born July 25, 1921, in Monroe, he was the son of Albert H.
and Mary (MacKay) Lockwood. He married Norma Helen Johnson
on Sept. 4, 1947, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe.
He graduated from Monroe High School in 1939, and also graduated
from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from December, 1942, to
October, 1945, and participated in the campaigns at Bougainville
with the 3rd Raider Bn, Emirau (4th Marine Regt.), Guam (1st
Marine Brigade) and Okinawa (6th Marine Division).
He was recalled to active duty during the Korean United Nations
Conflict (July, 1950 - January, 1952). He trained infantry
troops and served as trial counsel for the General Court Martial
at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was discharged with the rank
Mr. Lockwood practiced law in Monroe for 40 years, retiring
He was a member of the Monroe County, Michigan State and
American Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society.
He served two years as a city commissioner and three years
as city attorney. He also served as a director and attorney
for The First National Bank of Monroe for twenty years and
was one of the founders, director and president of Raisin
Valley Title Company.
He was active in many Monroe County organizations and served
as president or chairman of The Monroe County Bar Association,
Memorial Hospital of Monroe, American Cancer Society Child
and Family Service, Salvation Army of Monroe, Monroe Rotary
Club and the Monroe County Recreation Commission. He was appointed
chairman of the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission by Governor
George Romney and served in that position for five years.
After retirement, he was an active member of S.C.O.R.E.
His recreation activities were varied, but he particularly
enjoyed ice boating, gardening, travel and walking.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Douglas Albert Lockwood of
Three Rivers, Michigan, and grandchildren, John L. (Jami)
Geis, Jessica S. Lockwood and Philip R. (Mindy) Lockwood,
and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Martha
Helen Lockwood, who died March 28, 1995, a brother, George
M. Lockwood, and two sisters, Helen I. Lockwood and Donalda
Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.
LONEY, ROBERT C.
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Robert "Bob" C. Loney, 85, Rockford, passed
away Saturday, March 17, 2007, at his home.
He was born Oct. 30, 1921, to Robert and Betty Kietch Loney,
and married Eileen Jennemann on April 23, 1960, in St. Louis.
Bob worked as a production controller for Chrysler Corporation
for many years until his retirement in 1980. He was in the
U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as a Master Gunnery
Sergeant, and as a Carlson Marine Raider at Midway, Guadalcanal,
Bougainville and the occupation of Japan. He was a member
of Holy Family Catholic Church and an active member of the
OSF Fitness Program.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Varner and
Judith Rockers; his parents, Robert and Betty; four sisters;
and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen; one son, Patrick Loney
and his wife, Debbie, of Cleveland; one brother, Marion Loney
of Henderson; two sons-in-law, Jon Varner of Minneapolis,
and Christopher Rockers of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren,
James and Andrew Varner, Erica, Matthew and Charles Loney,
and William, Abigail, Ellen, Jackson, Joseph and Anna Rockers;
many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family
Catholic Church, 4407 Highcrest Road, with Rev. Andrew Hougan
officiating. Burial will be private.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today and after 10 a.m.
Wednesday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions
to the American Heart Association.
Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, in
Rockford is in charge of arrangements.
LONGLEY, ROBERT L.
Robert L. Longley, 81, of Locust Grove died Monday [October
31, 2005] at Select Specialty Hospital in Atlanta following
an extended illness.
Born in Fulton, N.Y., to the late Carlton Longley and Eva
Chetney Longley, he lived in Georgia since the late 1960s.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a "Raider" during World
War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Wemess Longley, Locust
Grove; son, David Longley, Gainesville; daughter, Sara Hall,
Hawkinsville; sister, Norma Heppell, Florida; and one grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday
at the funeral home.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov.
4, 2005, at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville
LOSHEK, JAMES R.
Private James R. Loshek, Marine Raider, was killed in action
in the South Pacific in July [July 21, 1943]. Known as "Jim"
to the school era of ’40-’43, he is the first loss to be so
greatly felt by present students. Jim was widely known for
his activity in M-Club and Hi-Y. His action on the football
field made his fellow students very proud of him.
There is no tribute high enough to be paid to the boys who
have given their lives. Like so many others, Jim gave all
he had to insure our ideal of America.
LOWMAN, QUINCY J., JR.
Quincy J. Lowman, Jr., manager of Southern Area Producing,
died suddenly in Beirut on March 29  at the age of 46.
Mr. Lowman was in Lebanon attending the current session at
the Middle East Center for Advanced Studies at Shemian.
A Texan by birth, Lowman received his bachelor's degree in
petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and earned his M.A.
at Pennsylvania State. He joined Aramco in 1950 and was assigned
to Ras al-Mish'ab as drilling equipment engineer. Subsequent
moves took him to the posts of drilling engineer in Abqaiq
and 'Uthmaniyah, production-reservoir engineer in Abqaiq,
and senior reservoir engineer in Dhahran, the position he
assumed in November 1956.
In 1958 Lowman was transferred to the New York Office to
the position of supervisor of the Producing Division in the
Exploration and Producing Department. He returned to Dhahran
in 1960 as coordinator, Planning and Research, Producing Department.
Returning once again to Abqaiq in 1962, Lowman became district
petroleum engineer, then district chief engineer, and in 1964
was named general superintendent of the Producing Department.
He was named manager of Southern Area Producing in 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, and their three children.
DeLoris, 23, lives in San Francisco; Kristen, 17, is a student
at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland; and Quincy
III, 16, attends San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas.
Contact address for the family is c/o Mrs. Q. J. Lowman,
Sr., 2408 Rosewood, Victoria, Texas.
LOY, JOSEPH F.
Joseph F. Loy, 86, of Brookline, passed away peacefully Monday,
May 2, 2011, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was
the beloved husband for 56 years of the late Bernice A. Loy;
loving father of Ken (Joanne) Loy, Marianne (Harry) Neel,
Timothy and Nancy Loy, Jeanne Brown, Claudia (Paul) Ziegler,
Lucy (Lucio) Santella and the late Gerard Loy, who passed
March 4, 1984 at the age of 20. Joseph was a fun loving grandfather
of 13 and great-grandfather of 10; cherished brother of Louise
O'Connor; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joe
served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was
a recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was a member of the 6th
Marine Corps Raider Division and was a distinguished member
of the South Hills Pittsburgh Detachment 726, Marine Corps
League Inc. Upon returning from his tour of duty, Joe returned
to the tire re-treading business and married the love of his
life, Bernice, on May 3, 1948. Joe was the sole owner of the
Joseph F. Loy Tire Service. Friends and family will be received
from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, 301 Curry Hollow Road,
Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
10 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Resurrection, Brookline.
Interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. Joe's family would like
to thank Michele Lagnese for her loving, dedicated and compassionate
care of their father. They would also like to thank the VA
Homemaker Home Care Services. Memorial contributions may be
made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 227, Quantico,
LUDWICK, OLIVER D., JR.
Oliver D. Ludwick, 83, died at 10:17 p.m. April 30, 2004,
at Richland Manor, Bluffton, Ohio. He was born February 11,
1921, in Dayton, Ohio to Oliver D. and Osa Chaney Ludwick
Sr., who preceded him in death. In 1948, in Springfield, he
married Bettie L. Ridenour, who died September 14, 1999. Mr.
Ludwick retired from Warner-Swasey and, after retirement,
he worked at Clyde Evans as well as Buckeye Trucking, Lima,
Ohio. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 1275, American Legion Post 96, Loyal
Order of Moose Lodge 199 and the Marine Raider Association.
During World War II, he served in the Marine Raider Division
from September 5, 1942, to November 9, 1945. Survivors include
two sons, F. Lee (Diane) Herford of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Stephen
E. (Lee) Ludwick of Warren, Michigan; two daughters, Toni
A. (John) Moore and Vicki S. Ludwick, both of Lima, Ohio;
nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by a brother, Jack C. Ludwick; and a sister, Phyllis
Driscoll. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede
Funeral Home. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at
St. Charles Catholic Church. The Rev. William Rose will officiate.
LUEDTKE, EDWARD T.
Marine Pfc. Edward T. Luedtke, 20-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. William H. Luedtke, of 826 North Mason, was killed in
action [July 21, 1944] in the Central Pacific, his parents
have been notified by the war department. The date and place
of his death were not reported, but it is presumed he was
killed in the conquest of Saipan. He had been overseas since
July, 1943, and saw service on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The
last letter received from him was dated July 16.
He was born here Dec. 13, 1923, and was graduated from Arthur
Hill Trade School in 1941. He left the employ of Baker Perkins
to join the Marine Corps Dec. 14, 1942. He trained at San
Diego, Calif., with specialized radar [Raider] instruction
at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a member of Zion Lutheran
Church. Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Betty, at
home. His fiancé was Miss Ruth Schultz of Saginaw.
LUTEY, CECIL F.
CONCORD - Cecil F. Lutey, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001,
at his residence in Concord.
He was born in Big Bay, Mich., on Dec. 3, 1921, to Wesley
and Marguerite (nee Pratt) Lutey. Cecil served his country
in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, fighting at
Midway, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima and was a recipient of the
Purple Heart. He worked as a plasterer for John Aaseby Plastering
and was retired from R.T.E. in Waukesha. Cecil was a member
of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Watertown.
He is survived by his wife, Louise, whom he married in Milwaukee
in 1955; his children, Lucille (Edwin) Dietrich of Santee,
Calif., and Sandra (Ron) Wright of Rome; his son-in-law, Russell
Tetzlaff of Dousman; his brothers and sisters, Leona Schultz
of West Allis, Norma Lincoln of Dakota, Ill., Robert Lutey
of New Hampshire, Peggy Mehre of Milwaukee and Warren Lutey
of Stevens Point; his sister-in-law, Doris Lutey of Pewaukee;
10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Dale and
David; his daughter, Beverly; and his brother, William.
Funeral services for Cecil will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 11, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kruetzmann Funeral
Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc; the Rev. M. Fred Himmerich
officiating. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m.
service Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials to the family
are appreciated. Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann
Funeral Home, 567-4459, is serving the family.
MACCLANAHAN, GEORGE R., JR.
George Raymond MacClanahan Jr, 85, passed away at the Veterans
Home of California on Sept. 21 , where he and his wife
Mary have lived for 14 years.
He was born to George and Caroline (MacDonald) MacClanahan
in Sacramento, Calif., July 29, 1925.
George Jr. joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 8, 1941, serving
with the Second Raider Battalion as one of Carlson's Raiders
during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He also served in New Caledonia
and Kyushu, Japan. He lived in Juneau and worked as commissioner
of the Department of Public Works from 1968-1969 under Gov.
His life's passion was "to discover what was on the other
side of the mountain," so his adventurous spirit and curious
mind led him to faraway places like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka,
and, along with his wife Mary, to the territory of Alaska
in 1950. There he pursued such adventures as surveying with
the Alaska Road Commission, acquiring a civil engineering
degree from the University of Alaska and managing Burgess
Construction Company (which was involved in the first phase
of the Alaskan oil pipeline development at Prudhoe Bay). He
also owned his own construction company and later moved to
California where he partnered with his son, Ray, in a variety
of construction projects. Lastly, he became a construction
management consultant before entering the Veterans Home in
George gave back to the Veterans Home of California in many
ways, sharing his expertise and acumen to make things better.
In particular, he served as allied council delegate from Section
L, and helped to ensure the future viability of the home's
Morale Welfare and Recreation Fund as a special advisor to
the chairman. He also served in the member help office, creating
meaningful opportunities for his fellow members to participate
in and use their talents to support the operations of the
In his final years he authored two autobiographies: Homestead,
about his early years during the Great Depression, and Tojo
and Me, about his years as a Marine Raider, including his
experience during The Long Patrol.
George was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Elsie
Jane, and brothers, John and Bill. He is survived by his wife
of 62 years, Mary, son Ray (Terry) MacClanahan of Plymouth,
Calif., and daughters Marjorie (Gary) Rose of Yountville,
Calif., and Anne (Bill) Barrett of Peyton, Colo., plus 14
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is currently
enjoying the greatest adventure, having accepted Jesus Christ
as his personal Savior the day after his 84th birthday last
Arrangements were cared for by Treadway & Wigger Funeral
Chapel. He will be interred at the Veterans Home Cemetery.
MACPHERSON, ALISTER G.
Alister Graham Macpherson, 77, of Southern Pines died Monday,
July 23, 2001 at his home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel
Episcopal Church with the Rev. Frank Thompson and the Rev.
Thalmage G. Bandy. Burial follows at Bethesda Cemetery. The
family will receive friends on Wednesday (tonight) from 7-8:30
Mr. Macpherson was a retired electrical contractor and a
World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Surviving are his wife, Ellen S. Macpherson; a son, Ian Macpherson
of Charleston, S.C.; daughters, Janet M. Owens of Greensboro,
Catherine M. Culler of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart
Association, 300 Silver Cedar Ct., Chapel Hill 27514-1512.
MACRAE, GEORGE A.
VIRGINIA BEACH - George Alexander MacRae succumbed to illness
June 7, 2010 at the age of 92.
Survivors include wife, Gloria; sons, Robert Bruce, Donald
Robert (wife Karen); grandsons, Craig (Carrie) and Eric (Patti);
great-grandchildren, Nicole, Justin and Megan; and nephews,
Bruce, Barry, Rob and Val. He was predeceased by parents,
Donald A. and Emmy Elva Paine; daughter, Jennifer Allison;
daughter-in- law, Madonna; and brother, Robert G.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was a survivor of the "Halifax
Explosion" and evacuated to Baddeck where several cousins
and relatives live today. His father, Col. Donald Alexander
MacRae, was wounded in World War I and later moved the family
to southern California. George was a track athlete in high
school, Glendale Junior College (news accounts referred to
him as the "Glendale Greyhound" and was awarded a "golden
shoe"), and received a track scholarship to LSU in Baton Rouge,
La. He set records at each school and ran (but lost) against
Olympic runner Glen Cunningham.
He enlisted as a Marine in World War II and transferred to
the U.S. Marine Raiders. He spent two years in and out of
hospitals after being wounded and losing use of one arm.
With help from his mother, he became a "leftie" and found
employment with Lockheed, Dumont Aviation and Queen's Medical
Center. He was a certified purchasing manager. He lived in
Cape Breton Island, Harbor Springs, Mich., Glendale, Catalina
Island and Honolulu, retiring to Virginia Beach.
He was an amateur photographer, loved sailing and golf. He
served as assistant and later curator of the Marine Raider
Museum now located at Quantico, and was active in the Raider
Association, fielding numerous inquiries regarding Raiders
and their service; former Chieftain of Caledonian Society
of Hawaii, member of Clan MacRae of No. America, St. Andrews
Society, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League,
FRA Branch 99 of Virginia Beach, and Scottish Society of Tidewater.
He was a guest speaker and received many awards and citations
from military and historical groups. He will be remembered
by many for his signature jacket and special hats, and for
his ramrod straight Marine posture.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in
St. Aidan's Episcopal Church with Father Mark Wilkinson officiating.
Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, is handling
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Aidan's
Episcopal Church or the Marine Raider Association.
MACZKO, EDWIN H.
Sergeant Major Edwin H. Maczko, USMC Retired, died December
22, 2003, at the age of 83.
Born January 19, 1920 to Frank and Mary Maczko in Chicago,
Illinois, he lived with his parents; older brother, Edward
F. Maczko; and younger sister, Eleanor Maczko. He attended
public school in Chicago and after leaving school worked in
the Chicago area until the U.S. entered World War II. After
Pearl Harbor, he and his older brother, Edward joined the
U.S. Marine Corps.
During World War II he served in the Pacific area of operations
with the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion and later
when the Raider Battalions were combined, he serve with the
4th Marine Regiment seeing action during the battles for Emirau,
Guam and Okinawa and was present in Tokyo Bay for the surrender
ceremonies that ended the war in the Pacific.
After the end of hostilities, he returned to Chicago. In
1947 he returned to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps with
the 5th Marines and was stationed at Camp Matthews in San
Diego where he met, courted and married in February 1948 the
love of his life, Roselle L. Hames. Later after the Marine
Corps had donated the Camp Matthews property to the University
of California, Roselle and Edwin's daughters, Lari Lyn Maczko
and Linda Lee Maczko both graduated with honors from the University
of California, San Diego, established on the donated property.
After the birth of his oldest daughter, Lari Lyn, Edwin served
in Korea, returning home in 1951 for the birth of his younger
daughter, Linda. Edwin, Roselle and their children lived in
La Mesa, California, until 1955 when the family moved to Hawaii,
where Edwin was stationed at Kaneohe Bay. After returning
from Hawaii, Edwin was stationed at Camp Pendleton and the
family moved to Vista, California. From there Edwin and his
family moved to El Paso, Texas, where he served on 1-1 duty
with the 19th Rifle Company and then to Camp Lejuene, North
Carolina. Edwin and family returned to Camp Pendleton in 1966.
Edwin served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple
Heart. He was a Sergeant Major in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion.
After serving in Vietnam, Edwin returned to Camp Pendleton
and retired in 1973 as Sergeant Major of the 11th Marines
with over 30 years of active service.
After Edwin's retirement, he and Roselle moved to Carriage
Hills in Vista where he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, remodeling,
telling jokes, working puzzles and the company of family,
friends and neighbors. He and Roselle also had the opportunity
to travel and renew old acquaintances from the Raider Battalion
during Raider reunions. Edwin attended his last Raider Reunion
in San Diego in September 2003.
Edwin is survived by his daughters, Lari Lyn and Linda Lee
of San Diego; his sister, Eleanor Kaczmarck of Chicago, Ill.;
sisters-in-law Mary Glover of Vidalia, Georgia, and Leonora
Paprocki of Upland, California; brother-in-law Norman Hames
of Coronado, California; four nieces and six nephews; 11 grandnephews
and grandnieces; and one great-grandniece. He was preceded
in death by his brother, Edward F. Maczko in 2000; and his
beloved wife, Roselle. In 83 years he accomplished much and
family and friends were blessed by the opportunity to share
the joys of life with him.
We love you Daddy.
Memorial services will be held January 10, 2004, at 1 p.m.
at Eternal Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Oceanside,
California. Donations may be made to the UCSD Alzheimer's
Disease Research Center or UCSD Stroke Center in lieu of flowers.
Erling Madsen, passed away, Sunday, March 2, 2008, at his
home in Enterprise, Alabama, surrounded by his loved ones.
The memorial service will take place at Providence Funeral
Home on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 11 a.m.
Erling was born February 14, 1915 in Duluth, Minnesota to
Hans and Katherine Madsen, immigrants from Denmark. He spent
his childhood in Duluth, and later settled in San Antonio,
Texas before joining the United States Army. Erling's career
spanned 54 years, during which he served in the Army, the
Marines, and the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency. He fought in
World War II as a member of Carlson's Raiders and traveled
around the world. He worked for several years surveying and
mapping the terrain of the Middle East. Erling retired from
the Defense Mapping Agency in 1974, and spent over twenty
years living in Laurel Hill, Florida. There, he and his wife
Vara Lee were the owners of Madsen Crafters, a ceramics shop.
Erling's hobbies included gardening, beekeeping, winemaking,
carpentry, sculpting, and woodcarving. He also had a deep
affection for animals, especially dogs and horses, and a love
Erling was married for 49 years to Vara Lee McClure who passed
away in November 2003.
Survivors include his sons, Richard and Owen, and his daughter
and son-in-law, Margaret and Bill Tyner. Erling is the grandfather
of Melanie Szucs, Ashley Tyner, and Katy Holmes, and he has
three great-granddaughters, Lauren, Emily, and Maren Szucs.
William Searcy at Providence Funeral Home, 334-393-2273,
is in charge of arrangement.
MAHINSKE, THOMAS V.
Thomas V. Mahinske, age 82, November 11, 2008. Beloved husband
of Arlene. Loving father of Janice Mahinske Forstot. Brother
of John. Also survived by two grandchildren. WWII Marine Veteran.
No services. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home (734) 422-6720
in charge of arrangements.
MALLAMAS, JAMES V., JR.
BECKLEY - James Vincent "Jimmy" Mallamas Jr., 72, of Beckley
and Orlando, Fla., died Feb. 13, 1997, in a Beckley hospital
after a short illness.
He was a retired architect and general contractor who built
the Blue Jay Lake Association dam. He held a private pilot
and instructor's license and was a Marine Corps veteran of
World War II, recipient of several medals and citations, a
member and past president of Edson's Raiders Association,
First Marine Battalion, and a member of 1st Marine Division
Association, VFW Lew Sheffler Post 4469, Disabled American
Veterans Chapter 18, Raleigh County, U.S. Naval Institute,
Smithsonian Institution, American Historical Society and Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association.
Surviving: wife, Gloria Cathryn Mallamas brothers, Rudolph,
Donald, Douglas and Robert, all of Orlando several nieces
Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Melton Mortuary, Beckley,
with Chaplain Carl W. Gray Jr. officiating. Friends may call
from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests donations to Keaton Mills Cemetery Fund,
138 Sunrise Ave., Beckley, W.Va. 25801.
MALONEY, MARCEL A.
Marcel (Mal) Maloney died at his home in Cle Elum on March
27, 2006. Dad was born in Montana, Wisconsin to Archie Ernest
Maloney and Mary Karash on June 7, 1925. Dad moved to the
Easton area in the 1930s and lived and worked in a logging
camp. His family then moved to the Portland, OR area where
he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. Mal was a Marine
Raider (a fast, hard-hitting assault unit that made surprise
landings from submarines, destroyers, air transport, or regular
Navy transports, making lightly-equipped amphibious hit and
run raids). He fought in WWII in the Pacific Theater at Tulagi
Island, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Guam and Iwo Jima. After
the war in the Pacific, he had a tour in China. While stationed
in Bremerton, WA he met and married his wife of 56 years Harriet
(Williams) Maloney in 1949. Dad next went to Korea to the
Pusan Perimeter, Inchon-Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir. After
returning to the states he was a drill instructor and a rifle
range instructor for the Marine Corps. He was stationed at
the following bases: NAD Bremerton, WA; Bangor, WA; Camp Wesley
Harris Rifle Range Bremerton, WA; Treasure Island, CA; Alameda,
CA; San Diego, CA and Cherry Point, NC. Dad retired from the
Marines in 1961, as a Gunnery Sergeant with over 20 medals
and service ribbons. The family moved to East Wenatchee in
1962, and bought an orchard off Nile Street. He worked for
RCA in Alaska for a while then returned to East Wenatchee
to work the family orchard and Century TV in the 1960s. In
the 1970s, Mal and Harriet started at Wenatchee Appliance
and after selling the orchard in 1978, they bought the business.
Dad and Mom owned and worked at the appliance store until
1995, when they retired to Cle Elum where they had bought
property and built their own house in the late 80s and early
90s. Marcel is preceded in death by his parents; a brother;
a sister; and a son, Marcel. He is survived by his wife, Harriet;
a brother; his daughter, Sandra and Jerry Martindale of Orondo;
son, William (Bill) Maloney of Cle Elum; daughter, Maurya
and Mike Broadsword of Cle Elum; and son, Dennis and Timi
Maloney of Cle Elum. There are six grandchildren; Marchel
and husband, Dave Allenbaugh Jr. of Cle Elum, Hank Avena and
wife Abril of Orondo, Mark Avena and wife Tanya of Snohomish
and Reese, Madeline, and Malaki Maloney of Cle Elum. There
are 8 great-grandchildren; Matthew and Marshall Allenbaugh
of Cle Elum, Bradley Bifelt of AK, Hank Avena Jr. of Orondo,
Maria Avena in Alabama, and Taryn, Sayer, and Jadyn Avena
of Snohomish. There are 2 great-great-grandchildren. A gathering
will occur at the family home to honor the life and memory
of Marcel Maloney. Donations can be made to the United States
Marines Toys for Tots. For donation information call Staff
Sergeant Solorzano at 509-575-6935 ext. 20.
MALONEY, RICHARD M., JR.
Richard Montague Maloney (Dick) was born June 9, 1923, in
Independence, Mo. The son of Dorothy and Richard Maloney,
Dick grew up in the Kansas City area, where he spent his entire
life. Dick graduated from William Chrisman High School and
soon afterwards joined the United States Marine Corps, where
he fought for his country in World War II. A Marine Raider,
he was a member of an elite squadron of soldiers. He was wounded
in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. After his
honorable discharge, he married Lila Mae Hunter in 1946. At
that time, he also enrolled in college at the Kansas City
Art Institute, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in painting. Painting was a love for Dick, and over
his lifetime, he painted hundreds of portraits for family
members, friends and members of his church. The irony of his
passion was that he never charged any money for the portraits
or landscapes. In the Maloney home are dozens of paintings
of all family members, including his self-portrait. Dick was
a Scouter, serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 417 in Gladstone
during the 1960s and was a member of Mic- O-Say as an Honorary
Warrior. His Indian name was "Bright Paint," a name he had
chosen reflecting his enjoyment with portrait art. Dick served
as Scoutmaster and had successfully graduated over a dozen
young men to the rank of Eagle Scout. Dick himself was an
Eagle Scout during his youth. Dick retired from the Norfolk
and Southern Railroad in the 1980s, where he served as a rail
clerk for nearly 25 years. Dick leaves behind his wife, Lila,
where they have been married for 64 years. Dick also leaves
behind his son Michael Maloney and daughter Cheryl Ann Downing,
as well as son-in-law Len Downing, daughter-in-law Beverly
Maloney and grandson Jake Maloney. Dick and Lila have lived
in Gladstone since 1961 and are members of the Meadowbrook
Methodist Church. Dick passed away on March 8, 2010, at the
University of Kansas Hospital. The family has asked that in
lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Meadowbrook Methodist
Church, 2800 N.E. 64th St., Gladstone, MO 64119. Funeral services
11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at White Chapel, 6600 N. Antioch
Road, Gladstone. Burial with military honors in White Chapel
MANNING, FRANCIS E., JR.
CWO4 (Ret) Francis Edward (Joe) Manning, Jr., 85, beloved
father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and faithful
member of the Catholic Church passed away on January 17, 2008.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 30, 1922, he was
preceded in death by his parents Francis E. Manning, Sr. and
Margaret (McDermott) Lufkin, sister Marge Barry, wife Lillian,
son Michael, and great-granddaughter Allyson Lane. He is survived
by his children Patricia Manning, Steven Manning, and Margaret
(George) Rodriguez, grandchildren Jennifer Lane, Johnathon
Lane, Rachel Rodriguez, and Jeremy Rodriguez, great-grandson
Aiden, Joseph, Morgan, Diego, and Lillian. He is also survived
by his close and devoted friend, Carmen Rodriguez and a large,
cherished, extended family since Margaret married George 25
years ago. The three loves of his life were God, family, and
the military. He joined the U.S. Marines Raider Battalion
after the bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. He fought
in the South Pacific. Following an honorable discharge from
the Marines, he worked in a variety of jobs including taxi
driver, short order cook, and draftsman for M.I.T. In 1950,
when so many were leaving the military during the Korean conflict,
he enlisted in the U.S. Army. That August he married Lillian
F. St. Germain in Wakefield, R.I. They were stationed at Ft.
Bliss several times, Okinawa, and other locales during his
27 years of service. He retired as a CWO4 at Ft. Bliss in
1974. He was highly decorated, receiving the World War II
Victory Medal, Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign
Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Basic and Expert Missileman
Badge, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service
Medal with OLC, and Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC. Following
Army retirement, he worked several years for Metropolitan
Life Insurance. For 35 years, he was an active member of St.
Raphael's Catholic Parish, attending daily mass and weekly
novenas to St. Jude. He was a regular at McDonald's, sharing
stories and breakfast with his buddies. His best role, even
on his last day, was being our Knight in Shining Armor. He
was there for anyone who needed him, but most especially for
his family and dear friends. We wish to thank Dr. Howard and
the ER staff at Del Sol, as well as the EMS personnel for
their efforts and caring ways at the end. In lieu of flowers,
family requests memorials be made to St. Raphael Catholic
Church. Visitation will be from 4-9 pm with Holy Rosary at
7 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2008. Funeral Mass will be Friday,
January 25, 2008 at 11:45 am at St. Raphael's on Zanzibar
and interment at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery with full military
honors immediately following.
MANNING, JACK L.
Jack L. Manning of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009,
at the age of 87. He was born July 28, 1922, in Russell in
Leon County to Bert and Robbie Manning. He was a veteran of
World War II and was a very proud Marine Raider. The Raiders
were the very first special ops forces in the U.S. military
and his unit made six initial landings on the Pacific Islands.
First to go in and last to leave was the Marine code, and
he never ceased being a Raider.
He was an artist and created beautiful pieces with wood.
Hundreds of homes in this area are graced with his woodworking
pieces. He was a precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather
and will be missed greatly. He leaves a legacy of love and
devotion not just to his family but to the many who called
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nan Manning;
and wife, Mary Manning. He is survived by his daughters, Robbie
Cranford of Conroe and Amy Kent and husband Bill of Kerens;
sister-in-law and husband, Jean and James Boykin of Russell;
and grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Marcy
and Javier Martinez of Austin and Chad and Stacy Kent of Russell.
He is also survived by the joy of his life, great-grandchildren
Tiffany and Briar Kent of Russell.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
2, at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec.
3, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes
officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
3, at North Creek Cemetery in Russell in Leon County.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Boykin, Benny Boykin, Phillip
Street, Chad Kent, Scott Pelczar and Virgil Thurston. Honorary
pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Larry Cottrell, Rick
Neumayer, Javier Martinez, Hal Ray Collins, Thomas Hill, Nathan
Cradduck, James Boykin and Eddie McNeese.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.
MARCHITELLI, JOSEPH V.
Joseph V. Marchitelli, 83, of Tamarac, FL passed away February
17, 2001. A resident of Tamarac since 1981, moving here from
Astoria, NY. Pre-deceased by his wife, Madeline. Survived
by his daughters, Joanne Messina and Rosemarie (Mark) Leitner;
granddaughter, Robin Marie Leitner; great-grandson, Mark Joseph
all of Jackson Heights, NY; brothers, Anthony, Michael, Henry
and sister Rose, all of Astoria, NY. He is pre-deceased by
his brother, John. Joe served as Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Marine
Corps during WWII, 1940-1945 and was a member of the First
Marine Raider Battalion. He participated in the battle for
Guadalcanal in 1942 and the Battle for New Georgia in 1943,
where he was wounded. He was past commander of Long Island
City Post #2348, V.F.W. and past commander of Queens County
Council, V.F.W., New York; life member of St. Mary's Lincoln
Council #312 Knights of Columbus, Astoria, NY. Friends may
call from 9:00 to 10:30am at Mason Funeral Home, 7151 McNab
Rd., Tamarac, FL on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. Funeral mass
will be held that same date at 11:00am at St. Malachy Catholic
Church. Interment will follow the mass at Queen of Heaven
Cemetery in North Lauderdale, FL. Arrangements by Mason Funeral
Home (954) 721-3300.
MARKOWSKI, ROY J.
Roy J. Markowski passed away peacefully Mon., March 6, 2006,
age 80. Preceded in death by his loving wives, Loretta (nee
Wagner) and Patricia. Loving father of Patricia (Kenneth)
Brehmer, the late Sandra Leister, Jeffery and David Markowski.
Dear brother of the late Roland, James (Julia) and Gerald
(Beverly) Markowski. Dear uncle of John Markowski. Special
friend of Allen Leister. Roy will be remembered by his 8 grandchildren,
8 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Visitation Thurs., March 9, at Pinelawn Memorial Park Chapel,
10700 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, from 12:30-2PM. Funeral Service
celebrated 2PM. Burial with full military honors will follow.
Roy was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during
MARKS, CHESTER L.
Chester L. Marks "Chet" of Wofford Heights, California passed
away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Bakersfield,
California. He was the third eldest of nine children born
on December 29, 1924 in Stigler, Oklahoma to George and Marie
Marks. Chet graduated from Wasco High school and then drafted
into the Marine Corps where he served as a 4th Division Marine
Raider for 19 years. He served in WWII and the Korean War.
He was awarded many medals and a Purple Heart for his service.
Chet is survived by a son, Michael W. Marks of Bakersfield,
6 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children and many nieces and
nephews. Chet also is survived by his siblings Merle Marks
of Bakersfield, Joyce Mehlberg of Pueblo, CO, Janet Emerson
of Bakersfield and Jeauneta Hogan of Spokane, WA After his
honorable discharge from the military in 1961, he worked as
a heavy-equipment operator for Francis Construction and Sturgeon
Construction which he said to be his second love and passion
in life. His brother Merle "Tuck" Marks worked alongside him
as well. Chet loved telling stories of his life experiences
and his laugh was contagious. He enjoyed hunting and fishing
with his son Mike. He is predeceased by parents, George and
Marie Marks, wife, Lucille Marks, daughter, Sandra Kingsley,
great-granddaughter Hannah Kingsley, and siblings; Lewatha
Ming, Lorene Cantwell, Grace Smith, and Charlie Marks. No
services will be held for Chet. Two words to sum up the life
of Chester Marks...Semper Fi.
MARR, RICHARD W.
Richard (Dick) W. Marr, 79, of Baker City, passed away peacefully
Jan. 10, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Dick was born in Wendling, Ore., on Jan. 23, 1925. He grew
up in the Willamette Valley, graduating from Falls City High
The Marr family will host a memorial celebration of life
in June; all friends and family are welcome. An announcement
will follow in The Record-Courier.
Dick is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Judy Young-Marr
of Baker City; son and wife, Richard and Karen Marr of Port
Orford; twin daughter, Candis Marr-Wade of Coquille; grandson
and family, Craig, Nicole and Kylie Wade of Maryland; granddaughter
and family, Kimberly, Tony, MacKenzie, Madison, Morgan and
Tony Jr. Budesilich of Eugene; twin daughter, Carol Marr-Phillips
of Monmouth; granddaughter and husband, Andrea and Matt Ellingson
of Boone, N.C.; granddaughter, Amanda Phillips of Boone, N.C.;
grandson and family, Jake, Becky, Luke and Cody Phillips of
Friday Harbor, Wash.; son and family, Mark, Susan, Erik and
Sarah Young of Denver, Colo.; son and family, Grant, Carol
and Brandon Young of North Powder; daughter and family, Bonnie,
Joe, Sydney and Alexa Daniels of Anchorage, Alaska.
Dick enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17, and served
in World War II in the South Pacific as a Marine Raider. He
was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.
After serving in the Marine Corps, Dick had a hunger for
adventure. In the 1940s, he became a private pilot owning
several planes. In the early 1950s, he built and owned one
of the first planer mills in Whitehorn, Calif. From logging
and the sawmill to ranching in Mayfield, Idaho, he relocated
to North Powder to continue ranching. He then decided to take
up commercial fishing off the Oregon Coast and later upscaled
to a larger vessel to fish the Alaska waters off Kodiak, the
Aleutian Chain and the Bering Sea for salmon, king crab and
shrimp. In the 1980s he returned to the lower 48 settling
in the Baker Valley with his wife, Judy.
Dick had a full life, always giving of himself without hesitation,
expecting nothing in return. In the Marine Corps, after being
wounded himself, Dick continued to aid other comrades who
were given up for dead; he flew sick and injured neighbors
and friends to hospitals as needed, and also flew in to rescue
stranded California flood victims in the 1950s. In the 1960s,
he also responded to S.O.S. calls aiding the Coast Guard in
locating ships in distress. Dick always had time to help family,
friends and neighbors; he never knew a stranger and lived
by the creed, "seize the day!"
Dick’s spirit continues to stay alive: "Be glad of life
because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to
play and to look up at the stars," by Henry Van Dyke.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Arts Center,
1901 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
MARSH, DANIEL Z.
Daniel Marsh of Phoenix died Sunday July 27th  at 10:30
am. Service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery
of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012 on
Friday morning, August 1st, at 11:00 am. Dan Marsh served
in the Marine Corps in World War II as a Marine Raider and
as part of the 6th Marine Division, and in Korea in the 1st
Marine Division. He is survived by his wife Florence, and
his children Karen, Monica and Louie. Donations may be sent
to: U.S. Marine Raider Association in honor of Daniel Z. Marsh,
c/o Jack Dornan, Membership Secretary, 704 Cooper Court, Arlington,
MARSH, NORMAN A.
Norman Anthony Marsh, 82, of Stafford County died Monday,
June 21, 2004, at Mary Washington Hospital. He retired in
1987 as an electrician from the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in the
1st Marine Raider Battalion during World War II. Mr. Marsh
was a member of St. William of York Catholic Church, the Knights
of Columbus and the Marine Corps League.
Surviving are his wife, Merle Wratten Marsh; two sons, Michael
Marsh of Reno, Nev., and Stephen Marsh and his wife, Jane,
of Stafford; one daughter, Judy Amburgey, and her husband,
Victor, of Manhattan, Kan.; two sisters, Cora Jennings of
Adams, Mass., and Lucille Doherty and her husband, William,
of Canton, Mass.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June
24, at St. William of York Catholic Church, followed by burial
in Quantico National Cemetery.
MARTIN, GENE C.
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gene C. Martin ’38 (Co. D) died
June 11, 2008, in Montrose, Colo. In his 21-year military
career, Maj. Martin served as a member of the American Embassy
Guard at Peking, China; participated in the first offensive
campaign of World War II as a member of Edson’s Raiders, and
saw action in the Korean War. During the last years of his
service, he served as the officer-in-charge of the Marine
Corps Recruiting Station for Colorado, Wyoming, and parts
of South Dakota and Nebraska. He retired from the Marines
in March 1960. During his six years in Denver, he was actively
involved in the community, including serving as vice president
of the Dowell Elementary School PTA and president of the Denver
chapter of the Camp Fire Girls Council. After his military
career, Mr. Martin joined the staff of the Denver Hilton under
their management training program, the first of many civilian
careers to follow. In Crested Butte, Colo., he and his wife,
Peggy, opened and managed the Ore Bucket Lodge, and owned
the Water Wheel Fine Arts Studio, where Mr. Martin continued
his silversmithing, goldsmithing, weaving, and painting. He
was a founding father of the Crested Butte Historical Society,
and designed the exteriors and interiors of many businesses
in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colo. In Fallbrook, Calif.,
Mr. Martin honed his landscaping skills, creating beautiful
koi ponds, gardens and aviaries. He and his wife spent 20
years in Oregon, during which he wrote and published "Tidewater
Bobber Fishing for Chinook Salmon." The Martins moved
to Montrose in July 2003.In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin
is survived by a daughter, granddaughter, grandson, and seven
MARTIN, MICHAEL J.
Michael J. Martin, 81, of Branchburg died on Friday, October
3 , at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born
in New York, he had been a resident of Fanwood before relocating
to Branchburg 13 years ago. Mr. Martin had been a regional
sales director with Lockheed Electronics in Lyndhurst, where
he was employed for 25 years prior to retiring in 1983. A
United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he had
been awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Marine
Raiders and the Knights of Columbus Somerset Council No. 1432
in Somerville. Mr. Martin was an usher at St. Bartholomew
the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Surviving
are his wife of 56 years, Martha Martin; a son, Michael J.
Martin, Jr.; three daughters, Mary Jane Sullivan, Christine
Nugent and Linda Martin; a brother, John Martin, and five
grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Monday, October
6, at the Branchburg Funeral Home in Branchburg. A Mass followed
at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Bridgewater. Entombment
took place at St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum in Colonia.
MARTINENZA, ANTHONY J., JR.
Anthony J. "Tony' Martinenza, Jr., 88, of Glen Mills died
peacefully with family at his side on May 5, 2011.
Tony was born on August 5, 1922 in Chester, Pa., to Anthony
J. and Mary (Zaroliski) Martinenza. He attended Boothwyn School
and joined the Marines in 1942. He joined the Marines in active
duty in the Pacific Theatre as a rifleman during World War
After an Honorable Discharge from the Marines in 1945, Tony
went to work for Baldwins in Chester. Later he was employed
by the Philadelphia Electric Company and retired after 32
Tony was a lifetime member of VFW Post 546, VFW Linwood Post,
Marine Corps League and the Raiders.
He was a member of the Elam United Methodist Church.
He was an avid gardener, hunter and reader. After retiring,
he enjoyed playing solitaire, reading, watching old western
and war movies and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors: Wife of 30 years, Kathleen M. (Savage); Daughters,
Janet M. Kane of Clintonville, WI, and Maureen E. Earlywine
of Kennett Square, PA; Son, Anthony J. Martinenza III of Aston,
PA; Brothers, John Martinenza of Centreville, MD, and Steve
Martinenza of Wilmington, DE. Also survived by 9 grandchildren
and 9 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 10th 9:15-10:45 am at the church.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 am at Elam United
Methodist Church, 1073 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills. Burial:
Elam United Methodist Church following service. Arrangements:
Rigby Chadds Ford.
Jack Martinez, 86, of Idaho Falls, died Monday, Jan. 31,
2011, at Good Samaritan Society-Idaho Falls Village.
He was born June 22, 1924, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of
Felix and Mary Geauga Martinez. Jack spent his earlier years
in Spencer, Idaho, where he attended school. He joined the
United States Marine Corps, in which he served during World
War II. Jack married Rose Stevens on Nov. 9, 1945, in Dillon,
Mont. Jack and Rose lived for many years in Spencer, where
he ranched and worked at the sheep station. After years of
living in Spencer, they moved to Idaho Falls, where he worked
for Clark Concrete and then Idaho National Laboratory until
his retirement after 28 years of service. Jack was a firm
Christian believer in God. He enjoyed many hobbies, including
fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling. He was an outspoken,
adventurous role model who cared for and loved his family
with all his heart and enjoyed spending every minute with
them in the beautiful outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Martinez of Idaho Falls;
three sons, Jack Martinez of Mackay, Idaho, Ramon (Darlene)
Martinez of Ririe, Idaho, and Paul (Barbara) Martinez of Idaho
Falls; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Felix
Jr., Paul, Bill and Milo; and two sisters, Juanita and Helen.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Buck-Miller-Hann
Funeral Home at 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Pastor
Kirk Baker of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Burial will
follow at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Spencer Cemetery in Spencer,
with military rites under the direction of the Dubois Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post No. 8893. A viewing for family and friends
will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 3, and one hour
prior to the funeral Friday.
MASON, EDWARD R.
Funeral Services for Edward R. Mason, 85, of Milburn, Oklahoma
will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in
the Clark Funeral Chapel with Rev. Eugene Ledford officiating.
Interment will follow in the Fillmore Cemetery with Military
Honors provided by The Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard. Mr. Mason
passed away on Friday, February 12th  at the Johnston
Memorial Hospital in Tishomingo.
Ed was born on September 28, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to
Edward Charles Mason and Edwinna Robberson Mason. He moved
with his family to Oklahoma City when he was four years old
and then moved to California as a teenager, where he enlisted
in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Marines
in the South Pacific during WWII in an elite group known as
the Carlson Raiders. Ed returned home as a decorated veteran.
His time in the Armed Forces gave him a taste of adventure.
He began a long career as a commercial fisherman, traveling
from coast to coast and around the world. He lived in Hawaii
for several years where he took time to spend with his family
and again be near the ocean. During this time, he dedicated
his life to God and became an elder in the Mormon Church.
Ed retired and settled in Tishomingo where he lived for many
years, marrying his longtime sweetheart, Bettylee Elgin. He
was a member of the local V.F.W. and enjoyed telling stories
of his adventures to his close friends who will remember him
for his kind heart, charming smile, sense of humor and amazing
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and a sister,
Ed is survived by his daughter, Sherry Naperskie and her
husband Phil; two grandchildren, Dane & Natalie and numerous
great-grandchildren; Also, his caregiver of twelve years,
Anna Scribner and her family.
MASON, GEORGE L.
Mr. George L. "G. L." Mason III, 83, died Thursday, October
23, 2008 in Daytona Beach, FL after an extended illness.
Mr. Mason was a native of LaGrange, but he moved to Daytona
Beach, FL from Lake City, FL in 2008. He served in the United
States Marines during World War II as a Marine Raider. He
retired from Terminal Transport in Cartersville. After retirement,
he entered into retail sales with the bedding industry in
Atlanta. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist
Church in Lake City, FL, 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge
and a Shriner, and a member of the VFW and the DAV. His hobbies
included genealogy, ham radio enthusiast, watercolor painting
and gardening. He enjoyed classical, country and gospel music
as well as watching old movies, especially war movies.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Maudina Buchanan Mason
and his parents G.L. Mason, Jr. and Kathleen Deloach Mason.
Survivors include his son, Alec Mason (wife Charlotte) of
The Villages, FL; three grandchildren, Kevin Mason (wife Jennifer)
of Covington, Angela Mason of Conyers, and Karen Mason of
Smyrna; four great-grandchildren, William Lee Mason, Aleczandra,
Dalton and Dillan Tiller; one brother, Meredith Mason of Cumming;
two sisters, Kathleen Mason Torre and Adrian Mason Lawrence
both of Conyers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November
8, 2008 at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will
receive friends the hour prior to the service.
Memorialization is by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to
American Cancer Society, 3011 Hampton Ave., Ste. 361, Brunswick,
MASON, ROBERT C.
Robert C. Mason, Sgt. Major (retired) [August 11, 2009],
was known as a Marine's Marine. The Corps creed, "Semper
Fidelis" - always faithful - was the hallmark of his
professional and personal life. His courage, conduct and devotion
to duty and family reflected the most valued traditions of
the Corps and our nation. He rose to the top echelons of the
United States Marine Corps (USMC), cited on numerous occasions
for his extraordinary leadership.
In 1941, while at Paris Island, S.C. he graduated at the
top of his class in all areas of training and there became
an expert in light weapons ordinance. In the Pacific theater
in WW ll, he was part of the legendary combat unit "Carlson’s
Raiders." He served in Bougainville, Guam, the Marianas,
Okinawa and other areas of the Pacific theatre where he was
wounded several times and received the Bronze Star for bravery.
After the war, he was assigned to duty in China in 1946.
There he served as one of the watchdogs over the Chinese Communists
until he became the non-commissioned officer in charge of
the embassy guard at Nanking. In that position, he was cited
on numerous occasions by the USMC for extraordinary leadership.
In Korea, he took part in the Inchon landing, the recapture
of Seoul and the winter campaigns against the Chinese Communist
army near the Manchurian border. After his exemplary service
in Korea, he was assigned to the Kaneohe Air Station in Honolulu,
Hawaii where he was in placed in charge of light weapons training
for all air station personnel. He used to say that in the
Corps, every Marine is first and foremost a rifleman.
Later in his career, duty stations included Camp Lejeune,
NC; Danang, Vietnam; USS Taconic, Pakistan; the Brooklyn Navy
Yard; Paris Island and finally Glenview Naval Station in Illinois.
Robert Mason was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up
during the Depression in Scarboro, a West Virginian coal mining
town. At 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC),
started under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Robert said that decision changed his life. It provided substance,
discipline, and a deep sense of pride in both personal and
national accomplishments. In later years, one of his greatest
satisfactions was to visit our U.S. National Parks where,
in many, the work of the CCC "boys" still stands
for generations to enjoy.
His beloved wife, Evelyn Hatfield Mason from Racine, West
Virginia, died in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters,
Margaret and Patricia, and son-in-laws, John and Ted. We treasure
his memory and honor the values he lived. "Semper Fidelis
and Keep Attacking."
MATHIS, LLOYD T.
Socastee--Lloyd Thomas Mathis, age 90, of Steeple Chase Drive,
died Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Grand Strand Healthcare.
Mr. Mathis was born on October 25, 1919 in Cowpens, SC, a
son of the late Miledge and Nettie Lee Davis Mathis. He was
a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and served
as a HMC during World War II. Mr. Mathis was attached to the
1st Marine Raider Battalion in Guadalcanal where he was decorated
with the Navy Cross for bravery. After moving to Myrtle Beach,
he was Business Manager for Ocean View Memorial Hospital.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Joan Mathis of Socastee,
three sons, Thomas "Wayne" Mathis of Manhattan, Montana, Raymond
Mathis and his wife, Virginia, of Monroe, NC and Mike Mathis
and his wife, Sheri, of Socastee, one daughter, Diane Mathis
and her husband, Christophe Benoit of Boston, MA, three sisters,
Katherine Crocker and her husband, Rev. Clarence Crocker of
Spartanburg, SC, Ruth Vassey and her husband, Lyman of Atlanta,
GA and Betty Ann Hyder and her husband, Murrell, of Fort Walton
Beach, FL, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday at Goldfinch
Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Rev. Ronald E. Greisner officiating.
Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00
AM Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care,
P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579 or to the Horry County
Humane Society, 2101 Industrial Park Drive, Conway, SC 29526.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
MAZEL, CUSTANT J.
Custant J. "Cuggy" Mazel, 80, beloved husband of Mary (Fortuna)
Mazel of Windsor, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at Hartford Hospital.
Born in Poquonock on December 9, 1919, son of the late, Anthony
and Grace Mazel, he was a lifelong resident of Windsor. Before
retiring in 1982, he was employed at the U.S. Postal Office
in Windsor as a carrier for 25 years. Cuggy was a U.S. Marine
Corps Veteran of World War II, was a member of St. Joseph
Church, Poquonock and was a past member of St. Casimir's Lithuanian
Society of Windsor. He was a past member of the Knight of
Columbus of Windsor and the National Association of Letter
Carriers. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Robert A.
Mazel and Roger A. Mazel, both of Windsor; a brother and sister-in-law,
Joseph and Aldonna Mazel of Windsor; and two nieces, Joan
and Cynthia. Family and friends may gather, Friday, 8:15 a.m.,
at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Ave.,
Poquonock section of Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian
Burial, 9 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, Poquonock. Burial will
be in Windsor Veteran Memorial Cemetery. His family will receive
friends, today, 5-8 p.m., at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral
Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to
the Windsor Ambulance Corps, PO Box 155, Windsor, 06095.
Angelo ‘Andy’ Mazzanti, 85, resident of Springville, died
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in the Geisinger Medical Center in
Danville. Andy was born in Wilkes-Barre on September 8, 1924,
a son of the late Peter and Mary Pennesi Mazzanti.
Andy served in the Pacific Theater in World War II in the
U.S. Marine Corps, with Carlson’s Raiders, 2nd Battalion,
He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time with family,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was active in many community organizations, including
serving as an Honorary Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer
for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving on the Governor’s
Sportsman’s Advisory Council, as well as being a founding
member of the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Pistol Club.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy, son, Jim,
and brothers Gus and Vic.
Andy is survived by his wife, Lisa Wray Mazzanti; daughters
Kim Mazzanti-Sahagian of Exton, Pa., Debbie Mazzanti of Telford,
Pa.; grandsons Dale, Darren, and Michael; granddaughters Bryn,
Jordan and Maureen; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Lauren
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience
of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to
the U.S. Marine Raider Foundation, Vouza Scholarship Fund,
c/o Jack Miller Jr., 102 Colonial Drive, Meridianville, AL
Arrangements are by the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc.,
73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
William McCall, 90, of Sidney, passed away Thursday morning,
Aug. 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Sidney.
Cremation has taken place and no formal funeral services
William McCall, the son of James Earl and Tecla (Ibanez)
McCall, was born on Jan. 2, 1921, at Cotabato, Philippine
Islands. He graduated with a B.A. from University of Denver.
He served in the military during World War II and the Korean
Conflict, where he was a U.S. Marine and member of Carlson’s
Raiders. William was awarded the Purple Heart and was very
proud to have served his country. He was united in marriage
to Ina Leva Winter and spent most of his life in Denver where
he worked for Denver-Chicago Trucking Company until his retirement.
William was a member of the AF of L/CIO Teamster’s Union all
of his working life.
He enjoyed working on cars and tinkering with machinery,
researching his family tree and reading.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Williams of Springfield,
Ore.; and six grandchildren.
William was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in
1994; and his youngest daughter, Carol Jean McCall Frerichs
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge
of William’s care and funeral arrangements.
MCDONALD, DOUGLAS C.
Douglas Clement McDonald, 89, of Harrison, Tennessee, died
on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at a local hospital.
Mr. McDonald was born on December 31, 1919, in Tullahoma,
Tennessee, where he lived until moving to Chicago, Ill., where
he lived for 35 years.
He was a WWII veteran, a Marine Raider, and received a Purple
Survivors include his two nieces, Sherry (Perry) Zimmerman,
of Harrison, Tennessee, Mariann Taylor, of Jonesboro, Georgia.
Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Chattanooga
National Cemetery. Interment will be in Chattanooga National
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory
and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343.
MCDONOUGH, EDWARD J., JR.
McDonough, Edward J. 90, of New Port Richey died Feb. 21
. Survived by sons, Edward & Terence; daughters,
Elizabeth & Cathleen; 1 sister, Patricia Masia; 4 grands.
Morgan Funeral Home 847-3999.
MCERLEAN, JOHN C.
McErlean, John C. Sr., 81, of Crystal River, died Friday
[Dec. 3, 2004] at home under the care of his family and Hospice
of Citrus County. He was born in Philadelphia. He moved to
Dunnellon in 1979 from Norristown, Pa., then recently moved
to Crystal River. He was a retired engineer for Bell Telephone
Co. of Philadelphia with 38 years of service. He was a Marine
Corps veteran enlisting at the beginning of World War II.
He was wounded in Guam. He was a member of the U.S. Marine
Raider Association and the DAV Commanders Club. He was a life
member of the DAV. Survivors include his wife of 57 years,
Ruth D.; a daughter, Susan Hendricks, Quakertown, Pa.; a son,
John C. McErlean Jr., Crystal River; eight grandchildren including
Pvt. Brian J. McErlean, Honolulu; and eight great-grandchildren.
Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
MCFANN, HAROLD, JR.
Second Lieut. Harold McFann Jr., a former Montpelier youth,
and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold McFann of Gary, Ind., died
[September 28, 1944] at Gardner Field, Calif., following an
airplane crash during a takeoff after an emergency landing.
Services were held at Gary last Wednesday.
MCGILBRA, LOUIS J.
EUFAULA —Louis Joseph McGilbra, 84, U.S. Marine Corps staff
sergeant, died Thursday [December 13, 2007]. Wake service
6-7 p.m., Monday at Kelley Memorial Chapel, Hunn, Black &
Merritt Funeral Home, Eufaula. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Artussee
Indian Baptist Church; and graveside service 1 p.m. Tuesday,
Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson.
MCGINTY, JOHN P.
John P. McGinty, August 17, 2007, age 87, Beloved husband
of the late Mary (nee Oliver) McGinty; Loving father Brian
McGinty, John McGinty, Siobhan McGinty, Erin (Jack) Kennedy,
and Neil (Jacqueline) McGinty; Cherished grandfather of 15
grandchildren; Caring brother of Sarah Gildea, Terrence McGinty,
and the late Romaine Morgan. The family will be present to
receive friends Sunday 7-9 PM and Monday 2-4 & 7-9 PM
at the Tonawanda Chapel, Amigone Funeral Home Inc. 2600 Sheridan
Dr. (Corner of Parker Blvd) where Funeral Services will be
held Tuesday at 8:45 AM and at St. Christopher's Church at
9:30 AM Friends invited. John was a veteran of WWII serving
as a Gunnery Sergeant in the South Pacific with the Marine
MCGLADE, KEITH F.
Keith F. McGlade, 81, of 235 Fond du Lac Avenue, Sheboygan
Falls died peacefully on Monday morning, April 17, 2006 at
St. Nicholas Hospital.
Keith was born on December 1, 1924 in Brill, Wis, the son
of the late Michael and Eva (Coleman) McGlade. He graduated
from Rice Lake High School in 1942. Keith served with the
U.S. Marines from 1942-45. On September 19, 1953 he married
the former Enid Gall in Sheboygan. Keith worked for the Borden
Company for 25 years before his retirement in 1990.
He was a member of First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls,
Edson’s Raiders Assoc., Sheboygan Falls VFW, Wisconsin Steam
Engine Club, and was a former Scout Master for Troop #48.
He enjoyed antique hunting and refinishing, woodworking, reading,
yard work and going on walks with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Enid of Sheboygan Falls; one
daughter, Karen (Emmett) Bucholtz of Pewaukee; and four brothers,
Lyle (Arlene) of Sheboygan, Russell (Lucille) of Winterhaven,
Florida, Roland (Alfreda) of Nevada, and Allen (Geri) McGlade
of Sheboygan Falls.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty (Al) Lapcinski.
A memorial service will be planned for a date near Memorial
A memorial fund is being established in his memory for the
Sheboygan County Cancer Relay for Life.
MCGRATH, FRANCIS C.
Francis C. McGrath, 92, of Voorheesville, N.Y. died Sunday,
December 26, 2010 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born, March 24, 1918 in Cohoes, N.Y. the son of the
late Frank McGrath and Eva Nolin McGrath. On October 16, 1939
he married Hazel M. Kennedy, who survives.
He was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal, when in 1942 he
enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st
Raider Battalion. After receiving his honorable discharge,
he returned to Cohoes and was employed by the United States
Post Office until he retired. He was a loyal member of the
National Letter Carrier Union.
He spent his free time in the Adirondacks at his summer residence
in Schroon Lake, N.Y. with his wife, daughters, grandchildren
and many friends, including the late Chuck Spetla and his
He is survived by his daughters, Eileen Pastore (Peter),
daughter, Patricia Decherd; grandchildren, Lon, Brenden, Peter,
Sabrina, Patrick, Jason, Joshua, Jared, Rebecca and Justin;
nieces and nephews, Arthur McGrath, Kathy Tettinger, Susan
Ellsworth and Michael McGrath. He was predeceased by his brother,
Funeral services Friday, December 31, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany where a Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited
There will be no public calling hours.
Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford.
MCLANE, MERRILL F.
Merrill F. McLane, 91, a retired Central Intelligence officer
who served overseas and in Washington, D.C., died peacefully
in his boyhood home in Rockport on September 14, 2008, surrounded
by his family.
Mr. McLane, who lived in Bethesda, Md., was born in Rockport
and graduated from Rockport High School in 1934. He was a
descendant of Richard Tarr, first settler of Sandy Bay (Rockport).
Mr. McLane was an enlisted man in the U.S. Marine Corps from
1934 to 1938. In World War II, as a Marine rifle platoon leader
in the operation to retake Guam from the Japanese, he was
awarded the Bronze Star. He retired as colonel in the Marine
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1942 and was active
in alumni affairs. In 1976, he received a master’s degree
in cultural anthropology from American University and went
among the Gypsies in Spain. This resulted in three books,
the first of which was "Proud Outcasts, the Gypsies of
Spain." He also attended the Naval War College in 1956-57.
A mountaineer, Mr. McLane was co-author of a climbing guide
to the Grand Tetons and took part in the rescue of a parachutist
on top of Devil’s Tower, Wyo., in 1941. He played ice hockey
until he was 78 and continued to skate with his grandchildren.
In Rockport, he was a founder of the Rights-of-Way to the
Sea Committee, designated by the state of Massachusetts as
a model for its other coastal communities to follow to protect
access along the oceanfront. His writings on Rockport include:
"The Adventure of Blueberrying on Cape Ann, Massachusetts,"
"Place Names of Old Sandy Bay" and "A New England
Town at Dartmouth College, Rockport, Massachusetts."
Mr. McLane was a former member of the Alpine Club and a 50-year
member of the Thoreau Society. A longtime Unitarian, he supported
the opening of its first church in Honolulu. He was a member
of the Universalist Church in Rockport.
Survivors include his wife, Helene, a native of Louvain,
Belgium; his daughter, Karen McLane of Kensington, Md.; his
stepdaughter, Natalia DeWitt of Bethesda, Md.; and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Merrill McLane, in 2005.
A service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday,
September 17, at 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of
Rockport. Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Burgess
& Mackey Funeral Home of Rockport.
MCLAUGHRY, JOHN J.
John J. McLaughry passed away on November 28, 2007, at the
Tockwotton Home in Providence, after a long illness. He leaves
his wife, Lois Lindblom McLaughry, of Providence, his children,
Richard McLaughry of Needham, MA, David McLaughry, of Farmington,
CT, and Marguerite Ames, of Norwich, VT, his stepson, Edwin
Salisbury of Scotia, NY, and 6 grandchildren. Mr. McLaughry
was born on April 8, 1917, in New Wilmington, PA, the son
of DeOrmond Tuss and Florence (Jackson) McLaughry. He spent
most of his childhood in Providence, graduating from the Moses
Brown School in 1936. He attended college at Brown University,
where he received a degree in Art, and was the President of
the Class of 1940 and a member of Alpha Delta Phi. While at
Brown, he was captain of the football team and an All-American
football player, and was an All-American at the hammer throw.
He played on the Eastern College All-Stars team which defeated
the New York Giants in 1940. After graduation from Brown,
he played a season of professional football for the Giants.
He was recently named to the Brown University All-Time Football
Team. During the Second World War, Mr. McLaughry served as
an officer in the 4th Marines, and saw action on various Pacific
islands, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa,
retiring as a major. He was among the first of the troops
to arrive in Japan following the end of the war. His career
was primarily as a football coach. After a year as an assistant
coach at the University of Connecticut, he served as head
football coach at Union College (1947-49), Amherst College
(1950-58) and Brown University (1959-66). He later served
as the Director of Summer and Special Projects at Brown until
his retirement in 1979. Throughout his life his greatest interest
was his art. He was an active painter throughout his career,
particularly after his retirement. He was a longtime member
of the Providence Art Club where his work was shown several
times. During the 1990s, he spent much of his time caring
for his previous wife, Anne (Van Dyck), who passed away after
a long illness in 1999. In 2000, he had the good fortune to
marry his current wife, Lois, and they had several happy years
together. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December
15, 2007 at 1 p.m. in the Central Congregational Church, Angell
St. Providence. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to
the Alzheimers Association or the Brown University Sports
MCMILLIAN, JOHN D.
John Daniel McMillian, 74, of Hurricane died November 18,
2001, in Putnam General Hospital.
He was a retired probation officer for the state of West
Virginia and a schoolteacher. He was a veteran of World War
II, having served with the Marine Raiders.
Surviving: wife, Betty; son, Michael McMillian of Morgantown;
grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew.
Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Allen Funeral
Home, Hurricane. Burial in Teays Valley Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial
donations may be made to the Putnam County Humane Society.
MCNICHOLS, THOMAS R.
Thomas Robert McNichols 88, peacefully passed away on August
8, 2010. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 1922
to Thomas Francis McNichols and Lauretta (Fitterer) McNichols.
Tom served in the South Pacific during WWII in the U.S. Marine
Corps. Prior to discharge, Tom met his wife of 58 years, Dorothy
Baker, while stationed at NSWC Crane in southern Indiana.
They were married until her death on January 12, 2004. Tom
taught physical science at Westlane Middle School for over
25 years. As an original Westlane Wildcat (when the school
opened in 1956), Tom was Westlane's first football coach.
He also was instrumental in the startup of several other school
sports. Tom had a long and distinguished career at Washington
Township Schools, retiring in l983. Prior to Westlane, Tom
was a teacher at IPS and taught swimming in the summers with
Indy Parks. He was a long time member of Union Chapel United
Methodist Church, Indianapolis. He and his wife Dorothy were
also members of the Riveria Swim Club and VFW Post, Broad
Ripple. He is survived by three sons, Thomas McNichols, II
(Sylvia), Stephen McNichols (Autumn), and James McNichols
(Sandy); grandchildren, Tim McNichols, Jeff McNichols, Scott
McNichols, Jamie Bensley (Ryan), Kelly Warner (Matt), Kristi
Medley (Josh), Michael McNichols, and Leigh McNichols; 7 great-grandchildren;
and dear friend and companion, Edith Whiteside. The family
will greet friends on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 from 12:00
p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel with service
to follow at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will be at Washington Park
East Cemetery. You may make a donation to either Union Chapel
United Methodist Church, 2720 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis
46240 or to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals www.aspca.org, 424 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804.
MCTIGUE, WILLIAM G.
McTigue, William G.; of Auburn Hills; retired Birmingham
firefighter and Marine Raider; went home to be with the Lord
and joined his golf buddies, sons, Cary and Don on August
9, 2010; at the age of 86.
Son of Florence Hansen of Hastings, PA. Survived by daughters,
Shawn Watson, Colleen and Shannon McTigue; proud grandfather
to Donni, Ryan, Katie, Taylor and Dylan; great-grandfather
of three; brother to Florence McMurray of Hastings, PA; uncle
to Jack, Sistie and Beeb.
Military Service at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly,
MI, Thursday at 10 a.m. Donations may be made to University
of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, Attn: Sue Polan, 1500 E. Medical
Center Dr., Room 1C435UH, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5333.
MEADOR, RANDAL G.
Randal G. Meador, 71, longtime employee of West Texas Utilities
died Wednesday, March 20, 1995 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday in St. Paul United Methodist
Church with Rev. Archie Echols and Rev. Bill Libby officiating,
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial
will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will
be employees of WTU and members of the Friendship Sunday School
Randal was a native West Texan, born in Fort Chadbourne.
Upon graduation from Bronte High School, he joined the Marine
Corps and served in the South Pacific until 1945, earning
the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon discharge, he earned
a BS Degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
In 1949, he began working for WTU in Abilene and progressed
through numerous engineering positions in the Distribution,
Substations, and Transmission areas before being named Director
of Engineering in 1977 and Vice President the following year.
Randal was a professional engineer, a member of the Texas
Society of Professional Engineers and Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers. He was named Engineer of the Year
by the Abilene Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional
Engineers in 1981.
He has served on the board of the Expo Center in Taylor County,
a member of the Key City Kiwanis Club and Texas A&M Club
on the board and worked with Habitat for Humanity and Meals
on Wheels. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist
Church serving on various boards and committees and was a
member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.
He married Katherine Rawlings in Bronte on August 31, 1948.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine; two daughters, Cynthia
Clark of Killeen and Linda Williams of Georgetown; two grandsons,
Stoney Williams of Georgetown and Randy Clark of Killeen;
one sister, Dorothy Horn of Dallas; and many special nieces,
nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson,
Troy Williams of Georgetown on January 3, 1996.
The family request that memorials be sent to St. Paul United
Methodist Church, 525 Beech, Abilene, TX 79601; West Texas
Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; Habitat
for Humanity, 5426 N. 9th, Abilene, TX 79603; or your favorite
MEEK, CHARLES A.
Chaplain (Col.) Charles Alexander Meek (USA Ret.) at his
home on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.
Born July 17, 1919, in Earle, AR., Chaplain Meek graduated
from Ouachita College in Arkadelphia, Ark. He enlisted in
the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, and was commissioned a second
lieutenant. He was assigned to the 4th Marine Raider Battalion
and saw action on several of the Pacific Islands. He was wounded
during the invasion of Guam and awarded the Purple Heart.
He was transferred to St. Simons Island, Ga., and remained
in the Marine Reserve until he attended Union Theological
Seminary in Richmond, Va. He transferred to the Army Chaplain
Corps as a captain and was assigned to the U.S. Army Ranger
Training Command at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to the
45th Infantry in Korea in 1952 and earned the Silver Star,
Korean Service Medal, Navy Unit Citation, Naval Commendation
Medal, and Bronze Star W/V devices, 2nd OLC and National Service
Chaplain Meek served in Airborne Units for 15 years, including
a tour in Vietnam as 9th Division Chaplain, earning the Air
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry w/Palm (Unit) Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
with 2nd OLC and Distinguished Unit Citation. His other service
awards include the Master Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, and
Good Conduct Medal.
After Vietnam, he was assigned as the Post Chaplain at Fort
Campbell, Ky. He was then assigned as the Southern Command
Chaplain in Panama in 1969. He returned to serve at Fort Bragg
and XVIII Corps Chaplain in 1973.
Chaplain Meek retired from military service in 1975 and became
active in Moore County, NC as a minister in the Presbyterian
Church. He served as minister of Eureka Presbyterian Church
and was an interim in many Moore County Presbyterian churches.
He was a member of many volunteer organizations including
DAV, The American Legion, VFW and TROA. He organized the "Restart
Program" that sent 25 children each summer to Camp Monroe.
He was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial
at Cannon Park in Pinehurst. He was a member of the Marine
Corps League of Southern Pines, the Retired Officers Association,
and the Country Club of North Carolina. He was a 32nd Degree
Chaplain Meek is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice
Gardner Meek; his daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and W. Z.
Smith of Gastonia; sons, Charles S. Meek of Raleigh, and Richard
A. Meek, of Supply. He had four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
He is also survived by his sister, Frances Thompson, of Savannah,
Tenn., nephew and wife, Charles and Betty Thompson of McLean,
Va., and nephew and wife, Jimmy and Kathleen Coda, of Pittsfield,
MENNING, PERCIVAL A.
P. A. "Pete" Menning of Woodbury, formerly of Mora,
died on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. He was 89 years old.
He was a Marine Raider in WWII, amateur radio KA0EIR and
a retiree of the Milwaukee Railroad.
He is survived by wife, Edna; sons, John (Bev) and Michael;
daughters, Judy Menning Ahlbrecht and Cheryl (Romy) Jurcoi;
stepsons, Harlan (Karen) Hanson and Duane (Mary) Hanson; several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren and two brothers.
There will be memorial services on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
at 2 p.m. at Established Heart Community Church, 562 Snelling
Ave. S., St. Paul, MN. The family will greet friends at the
church following the service.
There will be a private burial at Fort Snelling National
Arrangements by Cremation Society Edina Chapel.
MEREDITH, FORD W.
Ford W. Meredith, 76, of Bee Spring died at 7 a.m. June 22,
2001, at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. The Edmonson
County native was a retired heavy equipment operator for Tennessee
Valley Authority, a World War II Marine veteran, a retired
civil service employee at Fort Knox, and a member of Local
181 IUOE, Wand B. Doyle Chapter 32 Disabled American Veterans,
and Nisbet Alexander Post 6937 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He
was a son of the late Turley Meredith and Oma Mae Anderson
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jock United Baptist Church,
where he was a member, with burial in Washington Meredith
Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gravil Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Hill Meredith; two sons,
Terry Wayne Meredith of Brownsville and Philip C. Meredith
of Bee Spring; a daughter, Lisa Price of Bowling Green; six
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
MERLINO, JOSEPH G.
Joseph G. Merlino age 76, of Powhatan died October 7, 2000
at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. Mr. Merlino was
born April 6, 1924 in Yonkers NY, a son of Joseph Merlino
and Mary (Billingsworth) Merlino. He was a Veteran of World
War II, and served in the United States Marine Corps with
the First Marine Raider Battalion, also known as Edson‘s Raiders.
Following the war, Mr. Merlino worked at the United Nations
for 18 years before entering into public relations work with
Consolidated Edison of White Plains, NY. He retired from that
company in 1988. He was a Past President of the Downtown White
Plains Exchange Club, and was also a member of both the Powhatan
Lions Club and the Albion NY Lodge #1006 of BPO Elks. Mr.
Merlino is survived by his wife Anne; by his sons Richard
Merlino of FL and Randy (Julia) Merlino of NJ; his brother
William (Barbara) Merlino of FL; his sister Theresa DeDivitis
of TX; also by three grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
There are no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend
a Memorial Service which will be held October 17th Tuesday
at 1:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in Albion. Burial will
be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were
completed through the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes,
Inc of Albion.
METCALF, HAROLD R.
Memorial services for Harold R. "Jeff" Metcalf, a retired
University of Chicago administrator and former bar owner,
are being planned. Mr. Metcalf, 71, died Saturday [May 14,
1994] in his Hyde Park home.
He worked for the university for about 26 years. He was director
of athletics from 1976 until he retired in 1980. Before that,
he was dean of students at the Graduate School of Business.
For a number of years, Mr. Metcalf co-owned the Eagle bar
and restaurant at 5311 S. Blackstone. The bar, opened in 1965,
was popular with university faculty members and graduate students.
Mr. Metcalf was born in Waco, Texas, the son of a charter
member of the Anti-Saloon League. He joined the Marines after
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and was assigned
to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. As a member of Carlson's
Raiders, headed by Col. Evans Fordyce Carlson, Mr. Metcalf
was sent to defend Midway Island.
Serving later on Guadalcanal, he was told to his astonishment
that an appointment to Annapolis had been secured for him
by a Missouri senator named Harry Truman. All Mr. Metcalf
had to do was arrange transportation.
"So I stole a rubber boat and outboard," he told the Chicago
Sun-Times in an interview. He putted out to deep water and
managed to hail a passing ship.
"Unfortunately, the ship broke down, and we made 4 knots
all the way to San Francisco. By the time we arrived, it was
too late to report to the academy," he said.
Instead, Mr. Metcalf wound up in a Navy V-12 program at the
University of California, only to be expelled. At the time,
he was in charge of leading his group in formation to an assembly
hall to hear a university official speak.
"The speech turned out to be a vitriolic diatribe against
the Democratic candidate for president, who also happened
to be my commander in chief," he said. "So I jumped up in
the middle of the speech and yelled `Dismissed' to my troops.
Then I walked out. It was a little embarrassing due to the
fact that nobody followed me."
In 1946, he enrolled in Stanford University but left shortly
after to work at Macy's department store in New York. Mr.
Metcalf earned a master's degree in history from the University
of Chicago in 1953. He then joined the school as assistant
to the dean and assistant director of the Graduate School
Mr. Metcalf also was chairman of the Graduate Management
Admission Council and the Graduate and Professional Schools
Financial Aid Council. He was on the Board of Governors of
International House, a residential and program center for
foreign students at the university.
He is survived by his wife, Karlyn.
METCALFE, HOWARD B.
MANSFIELD - Howard B. Metcalfe, 86, of Mansfield, died Monday,
February 9, 2009 at Triumph Hospital in Mansfield. Born February
6, 1923 in Harlan County, Kentucky, he was the son of Brutus
and Nancy Belle (Lewis) Metcalfe.
A highly decorated war veteran, Howard served in the U.S.
Marine Corps. He entered the Marine Corps on July 4, 1942,
trained at Parris Island, and served in WWII. After basic
training he worked on mastering high speed Morse code. He
later became a member of the 2nd Marine Raiders. After his
tour of duty with the military, he returned home and attended
the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor's Degree
in 1948. Howard then earned several Master's Degrees from
Miami University of Ohio in 1970. He retired as a teacher
of languages and head librarian for Fairfield High School.
Howard enjoyed several projects such as Political Action
Committee, United Way, Blood Bank, and friend of education.
He was a long time resident of Hamilton, Ohio and moved to
Mansfield in the last five years to be close to family. Howard
was a member of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Fairfield.
He was a very giving and benevolent man.
He is survived by two nieces, Judy King Snyder of Bellville,
and Debbie Weisbrodt-Melko of Miamisburg; four nephews, Eric
Snyder, Jim Melko, Charles King, and Bruce King; three great-nieces,
Ariel King, Erica Melko, and Meredith Snyder; four great-nephews,
Michael Melko, Lee Snyder, Bryan King, and Michael King; and
sister, Faye Weisbrodt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Neil Weisbrodt;
and sister, Frances King.
Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County
Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday,
February 16, 2009 at Oak Grove Memorial Park conducted by
Pastor Henry Parker. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday
at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98
S. Diamond Street, Mansfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation, P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, NJ 08543-3008
MICKLOS, MICHAEL J.
Michael J. Mike Micklos, 85 of Northampton, died August 16th
 in his home. He and his wife Geraldine (Calandra) Micklos
were married 51 years in April. Born in Detroit, Michigan,
he was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Borka) Micklos.
Mike was a Corporal (TW) in the 1st Marine Raider Division,
C Company, Edson’s Raiders. He was also a member and former
Commander of the Catholic War Veterans post 454, as well as
a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars post 4714 of Northampton.
A retired employee of the Northampton & Bath Railroad,
Mike was an electrician by trade. He was also active in the
railroad union. Mike and his wife Geraldine owned Micklos
Electric & Paint Supplies in Coplay from 1974-1979. He
was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton
and the Holy Name Society.
Survivors: Besides his wife, Daughters: Gerri Stouffer of
Shillington, Rosemary wife of Greg Kokolus of Mertztown, Anne
wife of Lee Van Horn of Mahanoy City and Michele wife of Kevin
Campbell of Zionsville; Sister: Emilia Mann of Missouri; 4
Granddaughters: Jackie & Julia Stouffer, Laura Kokolus
and Leah Van Horn. He was predeceased by sisters: Mary Ressler
and Elizabeth Micklos and a brother Frank Micklos.
Services: Friday, August 19th at 9:45am in the Reichel Funeral
Home, 326 E 21st St., Northampton. Mass will be Friday 10:30
a.m. in the Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton.
Call Thursday 6-9:00pm in the funeral home. Burial with Military
Honors will be in the Parish Cemetery.
Contributions: To the American Cancer Society c/o the funeral
MIELKE, JOHN W.
John W. Mielke, age 87, of Ferndale, died Saturday, September
11, 2010. He was born July 25, 1923 in Royal Oak to Theodore
and Beatrice. Mr. Mielke was active in the Ferndale Historical
Society, VFW, Boy Scouts and the Exchange Club. He was part
of the First Marine Raider Battalion in U.S. Marine Corps
during WWII. Survived by wife, Eleanor; children, John III,
David and Jean (Richard) DeKeyser; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren;
and siblings, James Dunstan, Margaret Grabow and Frances.
Predeceased by son, James; and sisters, Isabelle and Alvina.
Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at Spaulding
& Curtin Funeral Directors, Ferndale. Funeral service
Wednesday 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment, Oakview
Cemetery, Royal Oak. Memorial donations to Beaumont Hospice.
MIKLASZ, WALTER S.
Walter S. "Mickey" Miklasz, 85, of Steubenville,
died Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the home of his daughter in
Carmel, IN. He was born August 13, 1921 In Steubenville. He
is the son of the late Anthony and Malvina (Czarniewski) Miklasz.
He is also preceded by his brothers, John, Edward, Chester
and Francis, and his sister, Stephania Miklasz. Walter retired
as a construction surveyor. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve
(Jablonski) Miklasz, two sons, Ted Miklasz (Holly) of San
Diego, CA and Michael Miklasz (Nancy) of Beaver Creek, OH,
one daughter, Teresa Noice (Tom) of Carmel, IN, eight grandchildren,
Brent Miklasz, Ashley Miklasz, Jennifer Behnken, Jimmy Miklasz,
Stanley Miklasz, Jeffrey Noice, Tonya Noice and Jason Noice.
One great-granddaughter, Ashley Behnken. Walter was a lifelong
member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the U.S. Marine
Raider Association, American Legion Post 33, Polish National
Alliance and the Polish Athletic Club. Walter also served
his country in the Marine Corps in WWII. Calling hours are
Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset
Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd. A funeral liturgy with mass will
be celebrated noon Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church,
Msgr. George Yontz. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There
will be a vigil service Tuesday at 3:45 PM.
Anthony Mimosa passed away in the comfort of his own home
at 9:45 AM on Monday, September 13, 2010.
He was born September 3, 1924 in Rodeo, California. As a
boy, he worked in the fishing industry while attending school.
He also worked for California Wine and Sugar, and Union Oil.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University,
although he also attended Portland College, CSU Hayward, and
UC Berkley. Besides selling insurance and working for Philco
Ford, he worked for Lockheed as a financial negotiator for
almost 40 years.
He was married to Elsie Mimosa for over 50 years before her
passing in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters, Donna
and Mary Jane, his son John, his granddaughters, Bonnie Jean
and Kate, his grandsons, James, Jeremiah and Charles, and
his great grandson Danny. In addition, Anthony, also known
as Tony by his friends, served in the Marine Corps, in the
Raider battalion during World War II. He was very active in
Little League and the Boy Scouts. He was a devoted Husband,
dedicated Father and always did everything he could to help
his family. He will be missed by many.
The viewing will be held Thursday September 16, 2010 from
2:00 PM-6:00 PM, and the funeral will be Friday September
17, 2010 at 11:00AM, both at Oakwood Chapel.
MINEGAR, HARRY L.
Harry L. "Bud" Minegar, 82, of Pierce Street in Osceola,
Ind., passed away of natural causes at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday,
April 25, 2001, in his residence. Mr. Minegar was born on
Jan. 23, 1919, to Harry C. and Nora (Barnhart) Minegar in
On Jan. 13, 1945, he married Catherine "Tap" Baker after
his return from 3½ years of service in the Marine Corps with
the 2nd Raider Division in the South Pacific. Mrs. Minegar
survives. He is also survived by his son, Gregg Minegar and
his wife, Cindi of Osceola; his daughter, Patti Hayden, and
her husband, Bob of Osceola; sisters, Vivian Snyder of Elkhart,
Ind., Kathryn Wagner and her husband, Bill of Osceola, and
Betty Jo LeMaire and her husband, Lee of South Bend, Ind.;
along with seven grandchildren, Sarah Hayden, Heather Hayden,
Jessica Hayden, Andy Minegar, Abby Minegar, Adam Minegar and
Alison Minegar. Mr. Minegar was preceded in death by his sister,
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today, April 27,
in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. Services will
be conducted by William G. Howell at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
April 28, in Calvary Temple Assembly of God, South Bend, with
interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
Mr. Minegar was a 1938 graduate of Jimtown High School, Jimtown,
Ind. He served in the Marine Corps for over three years. Mr.
Minegar recently worked for Gurley-Leep Mercedes Benz after
retiring from Wheelabrator and Studebaker in South Bend. Bud
was also a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God in South
Bend. Memorial donations in Mr. Minegar's name may be made
to Calvary Temple Church or to Hospice of St. Joseph County.
MITCHELL, OLIVER C.
Oliver Charles Mitchell, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, Feb.
2, 2010, at his residence. Graveside services will be at 10:30
a.m. Friday, February 5, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Chaplain
Craig Klempnauer officiating. Mr. Mitchell will be in state
beginning Thursday, February 4, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.
Charles was born July 17, 1924, in South Bosque, Texas, to
J.D. and Hattie Mitchell. He married Mary Lou Wall in 1946.
After graduating from Waco High School, he enlisted in the
Navy, later transferring to the Marine Raiders, serving his
country in the Pacific as a medic. After WWII ended, Charles
attended Baylor University and graduated in 1951. He later
started Mitchell Electrical Co. Charles was a charter member
of Cogdell United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death
by his parents; his sister, Martha Wills; his daughter, Janet
Birge; his grandson, Tyler James; and his daughter-in-law,
Vicki Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary
Lou Mitchell; two sons, Jeff Mitchell and wife, Ann and Steve
Mitchell and wife, Leslie; four grandsons, Brian, Brady, Lee
and Jake Mitchell and wife, Laura; granddaughter, Mika Mitchell;
his brother, John Mitchell and wife, Frances; step-grandchildren,
Jessica Graves and husband, Brandon; Amanda Reed and Michael
Reed; special granddaughter, B.J. Kizer; and nieces, nephews,
and cousins. The family wishes to thank Gwendolyn Holmes,
Patsy, Gabby, Wesley, Rudy and the staff of Southern Care
Hospice for their dedicated care.
MIZER, WARREN M.
A memorial service will be held Sunday for Warren M. Mizer
of 105 5th Ave., Sharon. He passed away at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 21, 2010, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh.
He was 89.
Mr. Mizer was born Jan. 29, 1921, in New Comerstown, Ohio,
to Claude and Jessie Mae Mizer.
Warren served in the Marine Corps during World War II and
the Korean conflict as one of only 4,400 men involved in the
U.S. Marine Raiders, a specialized force within the Marine
Corps. In World War II, he was wounded in action and received
a Purple Heart; in the Korean conflict, he was wounded twice
and earned two Purple Hearts. Warren obtained the rank of
sergeant, serving as a drill sergeant for the Marines.
He worked as a tree trimmer for Davey Tree Service of Kent,
Ohio, and from 1966-78, was the owner/operator of a Dairy
Queen in Pittsburgh. He retired in 1986.
Warren was a life member of the National Rifle Association
and enjoyed gardening, hunting, reading westerns, animals
and skeet shooting; he loved eating ice cream.
His wife, Lenora Mizer, whom he married May 15, 1959, passed
away June 21 of this year.
Surviving are: a daughter, Linda Yatsko, Sharon; a son, Eric
Mizer and his wife Lisa, Pittsburgh; a sister, Donna Cone,
Oregon; a brother, David Mizer, Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Warren was preceded in death by his parents;
a sister, Josephine Gaskill; and a brother, Wayne Mizer.
Memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday (12--26-10) in the chapel
of John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 2630 E. State
St., Hermitage, with the Rev. Richard Holley of Grace Chapel
Community Church, Hermitage, officiating. Full military honors
by American Legion Post 432, Wheatland; and Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 6233, West Middlesex.
Cremation took place in the funeral home crematory.
MOBLEY, CLARENCE J.
FAYETTEVILLE — Retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj.
Clarence Joseph Mobley, 84, of 315 Kirkwood Drive, went home
to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2009, in UNC Hospitals
in Chapel Hill.
Clarence Joseph Mobley served faithfully and loyally in the
service of his country for 34 years. During his career, he
served and was a member of 1st Marine Raiders Battalion, and
was one of the first 100 Special Forces master parachutists
to have over 2,000 jumps to his credit. He also received 22
Air Combat medals to his achievements. Clarence served in
World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. He was also a well-known
and liked Ranger instructor. During his service career, he
was awarded seven Purple Hearts, the Silver Star with the
Marines and Bronze Star with V for valor. After his distinguished
military career, he was employed by the City of Fayetteville
as a building inspector for 29 years before his retirement.
Clarence was also a U.S. Marshal.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Mobley of Hope Mills; two
sons, Thomas Winfred Mobley of Metairie, La., and Glenn Lee
Mobley of Hope Mills; a daughter, Linda Gail Atkinson of Raeford;
two sisters, Daisy Finnangan and Barbara Love of Sea Breeze,
Fla.; a brother, Frank Mobley of Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren,
Thomas, Tammy, William, Ashley and Kimberly; and three great-grandchildren,
Scotty, Briggs and Trent.
The Mobley family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight,
April 2, 2009, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey
A celebration of the life of retired Army Command Sgt. Maj.
Clarence Joseph Mobley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday,
April 3, 2009, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel, with
the Rev. Gary Strickland officiating.
Following the rendering of full military honors, he will
be laid to rest at Cumberland Memorial Gardens, Raeford Road,
The Mobley family has entrusted services to Rogers and Breece
Funeral Home of Fayetteville.
MODDER, LOUIS R.
Louis Robert Modder, 84, beloved husband of Ruthe Boomker
Modder, died Dec. 11, 2005.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday evening,
Dec. 16, 2005, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mitchell Road Presbyterian
Church. A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 17, 2005, at the church, where members of his Sunday
school class, The Witness Class, are invited to serve as honorary
escort and greeters. Military Rites and entombment will follow
at Graceland East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations to the American Cancer Society, or to a
charity of your choice.
Mr. Modder was born in Chicago to the late Louis and Ann
Slager Modder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World
War II, as part of the Edson’s Raiders. He was past owner
of Lou Modder & Assoc. Food Brokerage of Greenville; and
was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry, Pleasantburg Lions
Club, and Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; a son, Bob Modder
and his wife, Suzanne Stewart Modder, of Simpsonville; a daughter,
Ruthejo Russell and her husband, Sonny Russell, of Greenville;
three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Meredythe and Hugh Russell;
two step-grandchildren, Catherine and Margaret Stewart; two
sisters and a sister-in-law, Joyce Modder Wiersma and her
husband, Ken, Annamae Modder Veldman, and Esthermae Boomker
Jegen and her husband, Rod, all of Chicago, Ill.; 12 nieces;
and nine nephews. Predeceased was a brother-in-law, Clarence
PalmettoCare Funeral Home is serving the Modder family.
MOHLMAN, DALE V.
Dale Verland (Dusty) Mohlman was born on July 10, 1923, in
Columbus, Neb. After working the wheat harvest and in CCC
camps in the summers during high school, he joined the Marine
Corps 1942, and saw action in Bougainville as part of the
Carlson Raiders and later at Okinawa. When the war ended,
Dusty returned to Nebraska, married, had two sons, Lyle, and
Dwayne, and apprenticed with a master carpenter until he was
recalled for the Korean Conflict. During this stint with the
Marines, he decided to make the military his career, and never
regretted his decision. He was fiercely patriotic and proud
to serve his country and developed a lifelong interest in
the cultures of other nations as a result of time spent in
Japan and several other ports of call. Following Korea, he
served as the Maintenance Chief of VMCJ-1 at Danang Vietnam.
When he retired in 1969, he found his way to Camp, Arkansas,
by visiting a friend, and bought the farm that he lived on
for the next 40 years. In 1975, he married Virginia Lee Murray
of Thayer, Missouri. They had many, many years of happiness
together, shared by numerous dogs, cats, one donkey, a horse,
a goose, dozens of chickens, peacocks, a raccoon, thousands
of wild birds, and trusting deer that came into the yard every
night. He used his skill and love of woodworking to make beautiful
pieces including intricate award-winning chess sets, bluebird
houses, swings, and miniature saw horses that, more often
than not, he ended up giving to friends. He never quit educating
himself -- even after losing his eyesight, by listening to
historical books on tape from the Library of Congress. He
became ill in December of 2010, but kept his sense of humor
and determination to the end. He passed away peacefully, and
gratefully in his sleep on June 27, 2011.
Dusty leaves behind a close-knit group of neighbors who were
his "family", especially after "Jan" passed away in November
of 2009. He described his life as "the best."
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011,
at Barker Funeral Home Chapel in Salem, Ark.
MOLNAR, JOSEPH G.
A funeral Mass for Joseph G. Molnar, 79, formerly of 72 Westwood
Drive, will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the
Sacred Heart with the Rev. Sean M. Murray, pastor, and the
Rev. Edward E. Papp, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Potsdam,
officiating. Burial will be in Visitation Cemetery, Norfolk.
Mr. Molnar died at 11:50 p.m. Monday [August 5, 2002] at
Highland Nursing Home.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday
at Phillips Memorial Home.
Mr. Molnar was employed in a steel mill in Elyria, Ohio,
for a short time before enlisting with the Marine Corps and
serving during World War II in the South Pacific. He received
a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
He was a master diesel mechanic with Rouan Equipment and
Heislers Equipment, both in Elyria, retiring Dec. 1, 1984.
Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Norfolk, a son of John and Margaret
Bregg Molnar, he attended schools in Raymondville and Norfolk
and a diesel mechanic school in Missouri.
He married Mary Papp on July 13, 1946, at the Church of the
Visitation, Norfolk, with the Rev. Francis J. Connors officiating.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter and her husband,
Cheri and Zoltan Zadory, Brockville, Ontario, and five brothers,
George and Francis, both of Norfolk, Peter, Bosseir, La.,
Gayland, Austintown, Ohio, and John, Dewitt.
Two brothers, Steve and Andrew, and two sisters, Mary Bregg
and Emma Papp, died before him.
Donations may be made to Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad.
MORGAN, HARLAN L.
Harlan Lapett Morgan, 86, of North Syracuse, passed away
Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He was born in Liverpool and was
a retired mechanic. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran
of WWII serving with the Carlson Raider Unit in Bougainville,
Solomon Islands and many other Pacific Fronts. Surviving are
his wife of 62 years, Margaret Morgan; sister, Betty Samsel;
several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Calling
hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Maurer Funeral Home,
300 Second St., Liverpool. Funeral services will be at 10
a.m Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Greenlawn
Cemetery, Warners. Maurer Funeral Home, Inc.
MORSE, JOSEPH W.
Joseph Walden Morse MSGT, USMC Retired Born on 8/16/1917
in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on June 27, 2008 at the
age of 90. He is survived by his wife, of almost 62 years,
Joyce, of Moreno Valley, daughter Vicki, and son-in-law Bill,
of Moreno Valley, and son John, and daughter-in-law Diana,
of Bloomington, and many nieces and nephews. Joe enlisted
in the USMC at the age of 18, and served in Guadalcanal, China,
and Japan. Joe retired after 32 years. He worked for International
Harvester and Kenworth, before starting his own equipment-leasing
business. Joe was very involved in Boy Scouts with his son,
and Girl Scouts with his daughter. Joe was an original member
of the Moreno Valley General Plan Board that set the goals
for the newly created City of Moreno Valley. Joe also served
on the Eastern Municipal Water Board, and he and Mom were
privileged to be able to stand on the floor of the Diamond
Valley Lake before it was filled. Joe was also one of the
original members of Semper Fi 1, the original group of retired
Marines that formed to give the military honors to fallen
warriors of all service branches. Before Semper Fi 1, there
was no live bugler, no rifle salute, and no service personnel
to render those honors at Riverside National Cemetery. Joe
became an honorary member in later years. Now it is time for
Joe to receive these full military honors he so richly deserves.
Services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, Riverside
National Cemetery. Assembly is at 11:15am, Staging Area 3
for the 12:30pm services. In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donations be made to: Semper Fi #1, 25920 Iris
Ave., #13A-117, Moreno Valley, CA., 92551 or call Mac McClain
MOTH, HAROLD E.
Funeral services for Pfc. Harold Moth, 29, of Fyler Road,
Kirkville, will be held this afternoon at his late home, Rev.
Buchanan officiating. Interment will be made in Fyler Cemetery.
Pfc. Moth of the U.S. Marine Corps was killed instantly Tuesday
[April 3, 1945] at about 2:25 p.m. when the light truck he
was driving was struck by an eastbound train at the Main street
crossing in Minoa. He is one of four sons in service and arrived
home Easter morning on 30 days' convalescent leave from the
United States Naval hospital at Portsmouth, Va. after serving
29 months in the South Pacific area. He had just left Scheuerman's
hotel, near the crossing, where he had chatted for 20 minutes
with Donald Peters, the proprietor, concerning the whereabouts
of several Minoa friends in the service. According to witnesses,
the bell at the crossing was sounding and the red signal light
was against him when he drove onto the tracks. Nicholas Pallotta,
crossing watchman, reported to Coroner Harry L. Gilmore that
he shouted a warning as the light truck reached the tracks
but Moth apparently did not hear him. Besides his parents,
Pfc. Moth is survived by four brothers, Fireman 1/c Glenn
Moth, and Fireman 1/c Merle Moth, both serving in the South
Pacific; Mach. M. 2/c Paul Moth, who is home on leave from
Florida and Reginald Moth, of Kirkville, and five sisters,
Mrs. Dora Brownell, Mrs. Grace Daniels, Mrs. Florence Howard,
all of Kirkville, and Mrs. Hazel Griesbach and Mrs. Erla Russell,
MOTZ, GUSTAVE P.
Gustave P. Motz, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday,
Sept. 5, 2009, in Albion, with his family present. Born Aug.
16, 1923, in Fort Wayne, he was a U.S. Marine Corps World
War II veteran. He worked as a mail carrier with the U.S.
Postal Service for 30+ years and was a charter member of Our
Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown. He is survived by two daughters,
Kathy (Steve) Cox and Rosy (Steve) Blessing; two sons, John
(Deborah) Motz and Richard (Susan) Motz; eight grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Pete) Motz;
and one sister, Ruth Huntington. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Helen P. "Pat" (Manes) Motz, in 1987. Service
is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Hope Lutheran Church, 1826 Trinity
Drive in Huntertown, with calling one hour prior at the church.
Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Klaehn,
Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W.
Wayne Street. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred
memorials to Our Hope Lutheran Church or Parkview Home Healthcare
& Hospice, Columbia City.
MUELLER, FRANK F.
Frank F. Mueller, 84, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, August
3, 2004 in the VA Hospital in Salisbury, NC. There will be
a Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Mueller at 11:00 a.m. on
Saturday, August 7, at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Father
Joseph Sobierajski SJ officiating. Parking is adjacent to
the church in 'The Green' parking deck. Interment will follow
the service at Sunset Memory Gardens. A Rosary will be said
at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening in the Hankins & Whittington
Dilworth Chapel. Visitation will follow from 7:30 until 8:30
p.m. at the funeral home.
A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mueller was born February
28, 1920, a son of the late John Mueller and Frances Huber
Mueller. He graduated from Altoona Catholic High School and
served in the Marine Corps (Edson Raiders) in WWII. He retired
from the RCA Corporation.
Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife Eugenia 'Jean' Carlan
Mueller; a son, Christopher Mueller and his wife Tracie; daughter,
Maryanne Mueller Jackson and her husband, David; two grandsons,
Dalton and Blake Jackson, all of Charlotte; a brother, John
Mueller of Altoona, PA; and two sisters, Mildred Wolfe of
Milwaukee, WI and Betty Tittler of Altoona, PA; and many nieces
and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Mueller was preceded
in death by five brothers and five sisters.
Memorials may be sent to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507
South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hankins & Whittington
Dilworth Chapel, 1111 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC.
MULCAHEY, ROBERT J.
Robert J. Mulcahey, age 90 of Janesville, died on Thursday,
January 26, 2012, at his son's home in rural Waseca.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January
30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville
with Fr. Peter Klein, Celebrant. Interment with military honors
will follow in the St. Ann Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at
St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville and will continue on
Monday morning for one hour prior to services. Arnoldt-McRaith
Funeral Home of Janesville is handling arrangements. Memorials
are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Robert James was born on May 16, 1921, in Milwaukee, WI to
James and Alice (Jewison) Mulcahey. In the early 1940's Bob
worked in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO before entering military
service. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Bob
served for over three years in the South Pacific. Following
his honorable discharge in 1946, Bob returned home and on
June 2, 1947, was united in marriage to Lillian Mary Baumgartner
at St. Columbia Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Bob and Lil farmed
and raised their family east of Janesville before moving into
town in 1983. Bob was a member of the Janesville American
Legion #281, Waseca V.F.W. #1642, Knights of Columbus (3rd
and 4th degree), Mankato's DAV Chapter #10 and Forest James
DET Marine Corps League Chapter #589, and the Sleepy Eye Chapter
of the Purple Hearts Organization. Bob loved to golf, and
was an active member of the Prairie Ridge Golf Club and Janesville
Golf Association. He was a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic
Church in Janesville. Bob and Lil enjoyed their many winters
together in Texas.
Bob is survived by his wife Lillian of Janesville; by his
children, Michael (Jane) Mulcahey of rural Waseca, Mary Mulcahey
(Michael Menaker) of Louisville, CO, James (Irene) Mulcahey
of rural Janesville, Edward (Sharon) Mulcahey of Janesville,
Barbara (Alan) Kunz of Waseca, Bernadette (Dan) Zellmer of
rural Janesville, Karen (Brian) Barnett of Elysian, Patricia
(Dennis) Stankey of Smiths Mill, and Joann (Richard) Jacobson
of Woodbury; by 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren;
by his siblings, Marie Maxwell of Rochester, Bert (Sylvia)
Mulcahey of rural Janesville, Patrick Mulcahey of St. Clair
Shores, MI, and Sr. Germaine Mulcahey SSND of St. Paul; by
his brother-in-law Robert Lynch of Waseca and sisters-in-law
Genevieve Mulcahey of Janesville; by many nieces and nephews,
cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald
and James; sister, Margaret "Peggy" (Miller) Lynch; brothers-in-law
Everett Maxwell and Gerald Miller, and sister-in-law Florence
MULLAHEY, THOMAS F., JR.
Thomas Francis Mullahey passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa,
California April 2, 2002 at age 82. Born in San Francisco
and lived in Honolulu, New York, Guam, and Shanghai during
his formative years. Graduated from Georgetown University
with a degree in American history. A 25-year resident of Marin
County. Lived 16 years in Oakland before moving to Santa Rosa
last September. Entered the Marine Corps in 1942 and became
one of Edson’s Raiders. Received letters of commendation for
service in Guadalcanal and New Georgia. Resigned his commission
in 1947 and rejoined the Corps in the reserves as a Major.
Retired as a Colonel in the 1960s. Private employment included
public relations work for the Hawaii Employers Council and
freelance writing, voice-overs and producing in television.
Returned to San Francisco in 1952 and continued freelance
work while serving as the Director of Public Affairs for KRON
TV. Worked as an executive speechwriter and management trainer
for Bechtel from 1974 until his retirement in 1985. Played
baseball, football, tennis, golf and lawn bowled. Traveled
extensively and knew smatterings of a few languages. Was an
avid reader, sports fan and enjoyed playing bridge. Tom exuded
the spirit and pride of a Marine until the end. He was a great
gentleman, had great intelligence and a breadth of knowledge
that was very much admired. He was an outstanding provider
for his small family and will be greatly missed by his daughter,
Vicki Mullahey Thiele of Santa Rosa and former wife Joan Mullahey.
No services will be held at his request. Memorial contributions
can be made to the Georgetown University Alumni Fund, 3604
O Street NW, Washington DC 20077 or to a favorite charity.
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MULLIKIN, JACK B.
Jack Bertram Mullikin, 88, of Salt Lick Road, Burtonville,
died Friday, July 17, 2009, as the result of an automobile
Born May 4, 1921, in Kenton County, to the late Bert Mullikin
and Blanche Prather, he was a construction worker, farmer
and landowner. He was a member of Burtonville United Methodist
Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for more than
20 years. He was a World War II veteran of the US Marine Corps
First Marine Raider Battalion and served in the South Pacific,
New Georgia, Emirau, Guam and Okinawa. He was the recipient
of four Purple Hearts.
His wife, Evelyn Mullikin, died in the same automobile accident.
Survivors include three sons, JB (Lynn) Mullikin of Lexington,
Daryl (Linda) Mullikin of Burtonville and Deron Mullikin of
Burtonville; one brother, Howard Mullikin of Norwood, Ohio;
seven grandchildren, Lori Mullikin, Sara Mullikin, Gavin Mullikin,
Alina Mullikin, Kyle Mullikin, Travis Mullkin and Dera Mullikin;
two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Mullikin and Kaylen Mullikin;
and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Chuck Mullikin; one
sister, Doris Moss; and one brother, Maurice Andrew Mullikin.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at
Tollesboro Christian Church with Bro. Mike Ishmael officiating.
Burial will be in Burtonville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday
at the church. Barbour and Son Funeral Home in Tollesboro
is in charge of arrangements.
MURPHY, JOSEPH L.
MILLVILLE - Joseph L. Murphy, 93, of Millville, formerly
of Ashland, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Lydia Taft House,
He was the husband of Anne M. (Roberts) Murphy.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and
Grace (McIsaac) Murphy and was a graduate of Northeastern
University in Boston.
He was employed as an exhibits manager at Dennison Manufacturing
for 25 years. A resident of Millville for more than eight
years, he had previously lived in Ashland for more than 40
He was World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific
with the U.S. Marine Corps, Edson's 1st Marine Raider Battalion
and received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Murphy was past president of Bay Path Alumni at Northeastern
University and past president of the Raider's Association
of the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed woodworking.
Besides his wife, he leaves four sons, Charles E. Murphy
of Uxbridge, Joseph L. Murphy Jr. of Millis, Robert W. Murphy
of Southborough and James A. Murphy of Millville; eight grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
A military funeral service was set for Tuesday, March 14,
from the Buma Funeral Home, 101 N. Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge,
followed by a Mass of the Resurrection, at 10 a.m., at St.
Augustine Church, Lincoln Street, Millville, and burial in
Milton Cemetery, Milton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Girls and Boys Town,
13940 Gutowski Road, Boys Town, NE 68010.
MURPHY, LOIS N.
Lois Norris (L.N.) Murphy, age 87, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
died Saturday, September 20, 2008. He was born May 23, 1921
in Hooker, Oklahoma to Isom and Addie (Dobbs) Murphy. A proud
veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Murphy was
self-employed as a furniture upholsterer. Preceded in death
by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Helen Murphy.
Funeral services will be at Mercer-Adams Funeral Chapel at
10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Interment will be in
Resurrection Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK
MURRAY, WILLIAM L., JR.
A long-time resident of Santa Clara and Medford, Oregon,
our beloved Bill passed peacefully [January 2, 2010] in Carmichael,
CA. He proudly served our country in WWII as a member of the
U.S. Marine Raiders. He was wounded in action in the Solomon
Islands, South Pacific; he received a Purple Heart. Bill retired
from Westinghouse Marine Division in Sunnyvale as a Manufacturing
Engineer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemarie Otto,
his second wife Donna Anderson, his sister Joyce Murray Drake,
and his oldest daughter Leslie Martin. He leaves behind his
brothers, Donald (San Jose) and Robert (Crescent City), his
daughter Christine O'Keefe, his step-son Steven Hjerrild,
8 awesome grandchildren, 10 cute great-grandchildren, and
many wonderful nieces and nephews. We will all miss him deeply.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
NEAULT, KEITH F.
NEAULT, Keith F., of Whitehall, Montana, died peacefully
in his sleep surrounded by his family at the Advanced Care
Hospital of Montana on March 31, 2010. Keith was born June
20, 1924, in Flint Michigan where he lived for 56 years. His
parents were Earl and Anna Neault. Keith married Virginia
Neault on April 21, 1950. From 1945 to 1980 Keith worked for
Trembert's Furniture Store and Flint Carpet. In 1980 Keith
and Virginia moved to Montana to be closer to their son Richard,
his wife, Janet, and granddaughter Krista, who lived in Bozeman
at the time. They settled in a house in the Gallatin Canyon
while Keith continued selling carpet at Gallatin Valley Furniture.
In 2005, Keith and Virginia moved to Whitehall where Janet
and Richard had moved. Keith attended St. Michaels High School
and returned every year to attend the reunion and golf tournament.
Keith served as a Raider, 6th Marine Division during World
War II on islands in the Pacific. Both he and Virginia were
avid bowlers, belonging to bowling leagues and traveling many
places around the U.S. to play in national tournaments. He
spent his years in Montana hunting and fishing with his son.
Keith is survived by his son Richard, Richard's wife Janet,
his granddaughter Krista Neault of Billings and his brother
Jim Neault of East Tawas Michigan. Cremation has taken place
and a private family memorial will take place in the spring
at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Michigan, with military
honors. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation
be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North
Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203
NELSON, SYLVESTER J.
Sylvester "Skee" Nelson passed away peacefully on March 28th
 after a gallant fight with cancer. Skee was deeply
loved by his family, his Atria Woodbridge community, his fellow
parishioners at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine,
and by many others who came in contact with him over the years
Skee was born on September 18, 1922 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. After graduating
from East High School in 1941, and with the attack on Pearl
Harbor, Skee joined the Marine Corps in 1942. While in boot
camp, Skee volunteered for the newly organized elite Marine
unit - Carlson's Marine Raiders, 4th Battalion, under Col.
James Roosevelt. After serving in the Pacific theater from
1943-1945, and receiving two Purple Hearts, Skee went on to
serve in Korea and Vietnam before retiring in 1973 as a First
Sergeant after thirty years in the Corps
Skee was preceded in death by his mother and father, his
seven siblings, and his beloved daughter Carol. He is survived
by his daughter, Christine; son-in-law, Jim; grandchildren,
Travis and Tyler; nieces, Pat Vanden Avond and Doris Senn;
nephew, Gene Nelson and his wife Rosa, and many other nieces
Skee's family would like to thank the St. John Neumann and
Atria Woodbridge communities, Dr. Siskind, St. Michael's Hospice
and other care givers for their love and support -- and last,
but not least, the Green Bay Packers for producing a Super
Bowl win in Skee's final season
Services will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church
in Irvine on Friday, April 8th at 8:30 a.m., with reception
O'Connor Mortuary, (949) 581-4300
NERIS, PETER J.
OCEANSIDE - Peter J. Neris, 84, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Born Nov. 29, 1921, in Lowell, Miss., he lived in Oceanside
for 32 years. He retired in 1971 from the U.S. Marine Corps
as a master gunnery sergeant. He served in World War II in
the South Pacific in the 4th Marine Raider Battalion of the
1st Marine Raider Regiment. He received the Purple Heart.
From 1946 to 1951 he served in China and Korea, and received
a second Purple Heart and a gold star. From 1958 to 1960 he
was a drill instructor at Parris Island. He did two tours
Mr. Neris is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lily M. Neris
of Oceanside; sons and daughter-in-law John and Linda Neris
of Murrieta, Alex Neris and Peter Neris Jr. of Oceanside;
daughter and son-in-law Irene and Wayne Smith of Stockton;
sister Liz Keating of Rockford, Ill.; five grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren
Visitation and viewing with rosary recited are scheduled
from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Eternal Hills Mortuary,
1999 El Camino Real in Oceanside. A funeral service will be
held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Eternal Hills Mortuary
Chapel. Burial will follow at Eternal Hills Memorial Park
Eternal Hills Mortuary is handling arrangements
NEUFFER, ROBERT P.
Robert Preston Neuffer, president of a management recruiting
firm and a decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran, died
of cancer Wednesday [January 15, 1997] at Rosary Hill Hospice
in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was 77 and a resident of Pound Ridge,
A 1940 graduate of Wesleyan University, he enlisted with
the Marines in 1941 and fought in some of the most crucial
battles of World War II on Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa.
As a member of Edson's Raiders, an elite Marine unit, he played
a significant role in the battle for Guadalcanal in 1942.
The six-month military campaign marked a turning point for
American forces, handing them their first victory against
the Japanese Imperial Army after months of defeat. His command
of his men in the First Marine Raider Battalion earned him
the Silver Star for "conspicuous gallantry" and "exceptional
leadership and initiative." He later received a Bronze Star
for his courage and judgment during the 1945 battle for Okinawa.
He retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant
colonel in 1946, after helping to oversee the return of Japanese
troops from mainland China
Mr. Neuffer launched his business career in Boston with Gillette,
where he was director of food store operations. During a 25-year
career in sales and marketing in the New York City area, he
worked as general sales manager of Chesebrough-Ponds; vice
president of the consumer products division of Hoffman-LaRoche;
and vice president of drugstore sales for Revlon. He was president
of Management Recruiters of Westchester, a management recruiting
firm in Tarrytown, N.Y
He leaves a son, Mark of Chicago; and a daughter, Elizabeth
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Pound
Ridge Community Church in Pound Ridge, N.Y
NIEDBALSKI, SYLVESTER I.
SOUTH BEND - Sylvester "Sal" E. Niedbalski, 86, passed away
at 9:12 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Keepsake Village,
Columbus, IN. Sal was born on November 7, 1922, in South Bend,
to the late Sylvester and Clementine (Zamiatowski) Niedbalski.
On September 14, 1946, in South Bend, Sal married Esther (Jankowski),
who passed away on December 31, 2006. He was also preceded
in death by a brother, Leonard M. Niedbalski. Sal is survived
by his sons, Garry (Bette) of Columbus, IN, Jeffrey (Debbie),
Les (Colleen) and Bradley (Mary), all of South Bend; seven
grandchildren, Brian, Jeffrey II, Robert, Noah, Anthony, Sarah
and Mariah; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Eleanor
Harringer of South Bend, JoAnn Mentzer of South Bend, Mary
Ann D'Aleasandro of Montclair, NJ, and Jean Landuit of Livonia,
MI; and a brother, Daniel Niedbalski of South Bend. Sal worked
at United Foam before retiring in 1978. He served in the U.S.
Marine Corps for 18 months in the South Pacific. He was a
member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion under "Iron Mike"
Edson. Sal loved euchre, bowling and fishing. He also played
baseball with American Legion Post 357. He participated on
the 1939-1940 Washington High School Baseball Champion Team.
He was a parishioner at St. Adalbert Catholic Church where
he was involved with the St. Joseph Young Men's Club. Visitation
will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, June 3, in St. Joseph Funeral
Home, 824 S. Mayflower Road, where a Rosary will be prayed
at 4 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
on Thursday, June 4, in the funeral home. Burial will follow
at St. Joseph Cemetery, South Bend. Visitation will also be
from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday morning in the funeral home
prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to
the charity of the donor's choice
NORDSTROM, MELVIN E.
Melvin Earnest Nordstrom Sr., 80, of Redding, died July 24,
2004, at his residence
Mr. Nordstrom was born April 15, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo.
He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Raiders during World
War II. He was owner/operator of Nordstrom Kiln, which manufactured
industrial ovens in Pomona, for many years
He lived in Weaverville from 1980 to 1998, when he moved
to Shasta County. He was a member of Trinity Alps Golf and
Survivors include his wife, Gayle Nordstrom of Redding; son,
Melvin E. Nordstrom Jr. of Cottonwood; daughters, Christa
Lee Nordstrom of Sacramento and Laura Lynn Nordstrom of Apache
Junction, Ariz.; sister, Muerlene Higgins of Weaverville;
five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
NORING, CLARENCE L.
Clarence Noring started his life on February 12, 1922, in
Brunswick, N.C. Clarence was 86 years old when he died peacefully
in his sleep at the V.A. hospital in Reno, Nev., on November
28, 2008, just one day after Thanksgiving
A service to remember his life will be on December 13, 2008,
at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS Lake Side Church, 1095 Golconda in
Clarence is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dora Mae Meador
Noring, His son, Lee Noring of Woodland, Calif., his two daughters
Karen Noring of Reno, Nev., and Lisa Noring Chansler, of Live
Oak, Calif., and his sister Patsy Cottle Bumby of Elk Grove,
Calif. He was blessed to have three grandsons, four granddaughters
and three great-granddaughters
Clarence's parents were Roy Noring and Elsie Noring. Clarence
did not receive a chance to get to know his father growing
up since his father was killed on the job working as a steeplejack
before Clarence's second birthday. He grew up with his loving
Mom and his three Sisters living in Wilmington, N.C. Patsy
is his only surviving sister and now living in Elk Grove,
Clarence married Mary Katherine Davis near the end of the
2nd World War and raised their three sons. His only surviving
son is Lee Noring now living in Woodland, Calif. Clarence's
wife Mary passed away when their youngest son Wray was only
17 years old and a senior at Yuba City High School. Clarence
remarried after Mary's death and fathered and raised two daughters,
Karen and Lisa
Clarence was a combat veteran of World War II. He joined
the United States Marine Corps the day after his high school
graduation in 1939 and served until the end of the war
Thanks to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada he received his
medals and honors February of last year. Veteran Clarence
Leroy "Roy" Noring received his Purple Heart medals during
a presentation at the Air National Guard Auditorium in Reno,
Nev. At that time he was believed to be the last survivor
of the Edson’s Raiders 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C., Edson’s
Raiders was small unit of Marines who got their name when
they raided Guadalcanal on September 8, 1942. During that
raid was one of the three times Clarence was wounded for which
he received Purple Heart medals
Clarence or Roy Noring as his friends at work knew him, worked
as a construction electrician since the early '50s. He retired
as member in good standing of Sacramento union Local 340 IBEW
Clarence moved his whole family to Yuba City, Calif., from
the Philadelphia, Penn., in 1960 to work on the three ICBM
missile bases in the Sacramento Valley. He loved living &
working in the Sacramento valley and stayed here after the
Missile bases were completed. In the years since he has worked
on many local projects like the Oroville Dam, Hell Hole Dam,
The State Fair Grounds, and many PG & E power stations
in Northern California
Boy Scout Master of his sons Boy Scout troop. Past Master
of the Sutter Lodge in Sutter, Calif. and Marysville Masonic
Lodge in Marysville Calif. Sacramento Member of the Shriners
and was a member of one of the local Shriners’ marching bands
NORTH, THOMAS H., JR.
CARBONDALE - Thomas Hayton North Jr., 94, died Sunday, June
21, in VA Medical Center in Marion
He was born Dec. 4, 1914, in the Crab Orchard Creek bottoms
south of Carterville
As a youngster, he attended one room North School. Upon graduation
he enrolled at Carterville High School where he earned 12
varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. He graduated
in 1934 and attended Southern Illinois State Teachers College
(later SINU and SIU) where he earned eight varsity letters
in football and track for the Maroons. He was selected to
the SIU Hall of Fame in 1980. He graduated from SINU in 1938.
He taught science at Carterville Junior High and coached baseball
In 1940, he became a parole officer for the state reformatory
in St. Charles, until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
He immediately went to Chicago and joined the U.S. Marine
Corps and headed to San Diego for basic training. As a lieutenant
in the Marines, he saw action in the early fighting in the
South Pacific. As a Marine Raider, he was critically injured
on a beach landing at Bougainville in November 1943. For this
he was awarded the Purple Heart. He began a long convalescence
with numerous surgeries to restore his sight. While in the
hospital and recuperating, he corresponded with Alta Marie
Woodrow of Veedersburg, Ind. They married April 27, 1944.
The couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary,
and she survives. The couple had four sons, Thomas H. North
III and Linda (Spears) of Carbondale, Alan H. North and Jo
(Dougherty) of Marion, Norman H. North and Debbie (Lord) of
Stafford, Va., and Mark H. North and Gayle (Fozard) of Sparta
Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1945, he returned
to Carbondale and started working with the blind. He became
the State Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Disabled
at SIU. He earned his Master's degree in 1956 from SIU and
retired from the state in 1970. An avid supporter of the Salukis,
he rarely missed the maroon and white play at McAndrew. Tom
was also a big fan of Terrier sports, and was a school board
member for CCHS from 1962 to 1974. In his retirement he enjoyed
travel and his daily walks to the Ramada Inn for his afternoon
swim and sauna. Tom also jumped back into athletics, participating
at the Senior Olympics in Springfield. He later learned to
spoil his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He
was a devoted member of First Christian Church of Carbondale,
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ainad Shriners,
Williamson Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites Bodies, Carbondale
Elks, Marine Corps League, Marine Raider Association and Devil
Dogs. He will be missed by family, friends, the kind people
at the VA in Marion, the bank tellers who knew him as the
junk money man, and many folks who knew him as the whistler
on Poplar and University streets in Carbondale
Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2,
2009, in First Christian Church in Carbondale, with Pastor
Jerry Dunn officiating
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a contribution to
the SIU Foundation/Saluki Way in memory of Tom North (SIU
Foundation attn: Natalie Sutton, SIUC, 1235 Douglas Drive,
Carbondale, IL 62901)
NORTHEIMER, KENNETH K.
Kenneth K. Northeimer, Sr., 90, died on Saturday, September
29  at the Essa Flory Hospice Center where he was surrounded
by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Washburn
Northeimer, to whom he was married sixty-one years
He was born on August 13, 1917 in Eagle, Chester County.
His father was J. Charles Northeimer and his mother was Sarah
Keenen Northeimer. He was the last of a family of four brothers
and seven sisters
As a United States Marine, he fought in the Pacific during
World War II. He served for the duration of the war in the
First Battalion of Carlson's Raiders
He owned and operated his own painting and paperhanging business
and later delivered fuel oil for Witmer Company, Inc., Way
Oil Company, and Musselman Lumber Company
In addition to his wife Gloria, he is survived by three children,
Doris Craver, fiancée of Willie Cruso, III of Pascagoula,
Mississippi, Audrey Karlesky, wife of Joseph Karlesky of Lancaster,
and Kenneth K. Northeimer, Jr., husband of Doris Reeder Northeimer
of Lancaster. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Laura
Craver, Christopher Karlesky, Matthew Karlesky, Joshua Northeimer,
husband of Lisa Keim Northeimer, and Kaitlyn Northeimer, by
four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler, and Hunter Craver
and Tucker Northeimer, and by many nieces and nephews who
were part of his loving extended family
He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing and he especially
enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland and
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
His funeral will be held on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 11
AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., New Holland,
PA 17557 with The Reverend Jeffrey Pretz officiating. Interment
will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A visitation will
be held at the church on Friday from 10 to 11 AM. Please note
that due to the New Holland Fair, those traveling from Lancaster
will need to take Route 23 to New Holland, turn left on Custer
Ave, right on W. Conestoga St., Right on N. Railroad Ave.
and then left on to E. Main St. to get to the church. In lieu
of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Trinity
Lutheran Church (address above) or Hospice of Lancaster County,
PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. The Groff-High Funeral
Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements
NORTMANN, JOSEPH A.
Joseph Anthony Nortmann, 94, of Hiawatha, died Saturday,
May 7, 2011, in Washington State. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday,
May 21, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service
in Cedar Rapids by the Rev. Beverly Thompson-Travis. Visitation
will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial:
Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military rites
Survivors include two sons, Gary (Bunliep) Nortmann of Cedar
Rapids and Edward (Virginia) Nortmann of Silverdale, Wash.;
three grandchildren, Mark, Eric and Trevor Nortmann; many
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Mary Helen
Thompson; and two brothers, George (Ozzie) Nortmann and John
Joseph was born March 1, 1917, the son of Anthony and Mary
(O’Sullivan) Nortmann in Coralville, where he attended school.
He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and
Korea. On Feb. 24, 1947, he married Sybil Kenney in Cedar
Rapids. She died Oct. 20, 2005. Joseph worked for Iowa Electric,
retiring in 1982
Joseph was a member of American Legion in Coralville, VFW
in Coralville, and Marine Corps Raider Association
Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Fund
OBERT, GERALD A.
Gerald (Jerry) Arthur Obert was born Aug. 26, 1924 in Grand
Rapids, Mich., to Blanche and Edgar Obert. He was raised on
the family farm in Big Rapids, Mich. with seven brothers and
sisters, Bill and Betty Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Norm (deceased)
and Adelline Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Nina and Mid (deceased),
Eldred, Big Rapids, Mich., Betty and Nile Hanes, Muskegon,
Mich., Jim and Joanne Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Hazel and
Glen Marvel, Big Rapids, Mich., and Dewey and Sharon Obert,
Big Rapids, Mich
At the beginning of WW II, he was drafted into the military,
choosing to become a Marine Raider. After basic training at
Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he met his wife-to-be (Jean
Allen), he was sent to serve in the Pacific. For the duration
of the War, Jerry survived under horrific odds, making multiple
beachheads and was one of only three men in a company of approximately
160 to survive and make it home
Upon his return, Jerry and Jean were married, beginning their
new life together in the San Fernando Valley in California.
Jean has since passed away, but they are survived by their
children, Peggy and David Pegg of Fountain Valley, Calif.,
Paul and Sharon Obert of Casper, Wyo., Penny Vesterby and
fiance Mark Kiok of Lake Arrowhead; multiple grandchildren
and several great-grandchildren. Patricia, Jerry’s oldest
daughter, and husband, Boyd Horn, preceded him in death
Jerry enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing with family
and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and excellent long
range marksman. Jerry and his son, Paul, shared hunting adventures
across the Western United States, packing into remote areas
hunting big game
Between his outdoor excursions, Jerry worked for 35 years
in the aerospace industry at Marquardt and then Lockheed Corporation.
At Lockheed, he worked on the SR-71 Blackbird, among other
Once retired, Jerry and Jean moved to Lake Isabella in Kern
County, Calif., where they lived for over 17 years. In 2005
they moved to Hesperia, Calif, to be closer to their youngest
daughter, Penny. They moved into the Desert Rose Assisted
Living Facility a year later. The staff at the Desert Rose
soon became like extended family. Jerry lived there until
his death on July 14, 2010
Jerry enjoyed life and the people in it. Family was important
to him and he kept his children acquainted with the "Obert
Clan" back in Michigan, by taking frequent family trips
there in the summers. Jerry was loved by his family and friends,
having an infectious smile to go with his many tall tales.
His children are proud of their father’s creativity, talents
and uniqueness. His passing has left a void in many lives,
he will be missed
Jerry and Jean’s ashes will be interred together at the Kern
River Valley Cemetery in Wofford Heights, Calif., along the
shore of Lake Isabella
O'DEA, HOWARD C.
NEW MIDDLETOWN- Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday
at the New Middletown chapel of Clemente Funeral Home for
Howard C. O'Dea, 89, who passed away on Friday [February 25,
2011] at Sterling House of Salem after a short illness
Howard was born on June 5, 1921, and raised in Nebraska,
son of Ruth and Charles O'Dea. He moved to Denver, Col., where
he met his future wife, Myrtle M. Pettit
They were married on Aug. 14, 1942. Howard then joined the
Marine Corps during World War II, serving first as a replacement
in the First Raider Battalion, Edson's Raiders, then with
the Fourth Marines and finally the Sixth Marines. He served
from New Caledonia to New Georgia to Guadalcanal to Guam to
Okinawa and finally the occupation of Japan. Howard was honorably
discharged from the Marine Corps during the occupation of
Japan with the rank of sergeant
After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Howard was reunited
with his wife in Youngstown. He and Myrtle had two children,
Patricia S. and Thomas C., and made their home in Poland
Howard worked at several places in the area before coming
to the E.W. Bliss Company of Salem where he worked as a floor
engineer. He held many union positions while working at E.W.
Bliss, including president of Local 3372 of the United Steelworkers.
He retired as a staff representative of the United Steelworkers
Howard was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling by car across
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle M., in 2004;
his son, Thomas C., in 2005; and his daughter, Patricia S.
Opsitnik, in 2011; as well as his parents, his sister, Margaret,
and his brother, James
Howard is survived by his son-in-law, William G. Opsitnik
of New Middletown; two grandchildren, William C. (Milissa)
Opsitnik of Salem, with whom Howard had made his home prior
to living at Sterling House of Salem; and Katherine (Mike)
Miller of Powell, Ohio. He leaves his cherished great-grandchildren,
W. Cody and Alissa A. Opsitnik
Friends may call two hours before the service at the funeral
home from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's
Fred Odette, age 87, of Flint, died Friday, January 25, 2008
at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Mr. Odette was born October
12, 1920 in Bay City, Michigan, the son of Owen and Josephine
Odette. Fred served his country during W.W.II in the U.S.
Marines with Edson's Raiders, 1st Battalion, Company B in
the Pacific Theatre. He was wounded in battle, receiving hip,
face and neck wounds and was awarded the Purple Heart. He
was discharged from the Marines in October 1945 and was a
member of D.A.V. Fred was passionate about his military service,
talking to everyone who would listen. He loved his country
and was honored to have fought to defend her. Fred created
scrapbooks to give to libraries in order that others would
know about the war he fought in. He worked his entire career
with the U.S. Post Office. On December 22, 1950 Fred married
Jean Wilson and she survives him. Fred and Jean loved to travel.
Fred also loved soft ball, bowling and euchre. Also left to
cherish his memory are his nieces and nephews, James (Sharon)
Odette, Steven (Karen) Odette, Bob Lastkey, Georgia (Manuel)
Gonzales, Robin Hurtado, Robert (Elizabeth) Wilson, Joseph
Bonnain, Marcy (Lynn) Kulp, Lucien Bonnain, Roberta Bonnain;
several great nieces and nephews; special friends, Olivia
and Juan Hernandez and Roy and Martha Brown. Mr. Odette was
preceded in death by his brothers, Owen, Arthur and George;
sisters, Mary, Delia and Elizabeth (Betty). Friends may visit
the family from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Reigle Funeral Home
Sunset Chapel. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday,
February 4, 2008 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at
Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Veterans Hospital in Saginaw
O'DONNELL, KENNETH M.
Ken O’Donnell, age 85, Marine Raider, died peacefully at
his home on Thursday, October 8, 2009, following a courageous
battle with cancer
He was born on November 26, 1923, in Belle Fourche, South
Dakota, to the late Michael Leroy O’Donnell and Gladys Marian
Marks. He graduated from Merriman High School, Merriman, Nebraska,
in 1941. Ken was attending the University of Nebraska when
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He and his best friend
from high school, Bud Leach, enlisted in the United States
Marine Corps on September 9, 1942. Ken served with distinction
with the 4th Raider Battalion, commanded by LtCol James Roosevelt
(President Franklin Roosevelt’s eldest son). He was wounded
twice during the assault on Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, and
spent the next eleven months at the Naval Hospital in San
Diego. He attained the rank of Sergeant before his discharge
on December 7, 1945. On October 2, 1943, he married Arline
Dowd, his high school sweetheart
After the war he and Arline moved to Boulder, Colorado, where
he attended the University of Colorado. There he and Arline
had three sons. He entered the pharmaceutical field and also
built several houses in Boulder
His beloved wife of almost 31 years died on September 6,
1974. He later married Mary Jane Oakes (Bucky) of Virginia
Ken was the President of the United States Marine Raider
Association from 2008-2009 and had been a member since 1982
Ken is survived by his wife, Bucky; three sons, Terry, Timothy,
and Tally; stepdaughter Carol Oakes and stepson John Oakes;
four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is further
survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim, and his sister,
A memorial service for Ken O’Donnell will be held on 1 November
at the Quantico Marine Museum Chapel at 5:30 PM followed by
a reception at the Quantico Marine Museum at 6:30 PM. Interment
will be in Boulder, Colorado, at a later date
In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family requests funds to be donated
to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Fund in his name
Ken’s family wishes to thank all the many family and friends
who have expressed their condolences
OLIVER, HERBERT K.
FRIONA - Keith Oliver, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997
Mr. Oliver was born in Fannin County. He had lived in Friona
since 1985, moving from Anaheim, Calif
He married Wanda Roberts in 1946 at Bellflower, Calif
Mr. Oliver retired in 1983 from Pacific Bell Telephone Co.
of California after 35 years of service. He served with the
Marines during World War II
He was a Methodist and a member of the Marine Raider Association,
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the
Telephone Company Pioneers of America
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Renee King of Garden
Grove, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Memory Gardens
Cemetery in Amarillo with the Rev. Don Boren, pastor of Friona
First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are
by Ellis Blackwell Funeral Home
OLIVER, JAMES G., JR.
INGLIS-- James G. Oliver Jr., 61, died Sunday, March 13,
1983, at his home in Inglis
He was born in Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Inglis two
years ago from Spencer, N.Y
Mr. Oliver, a retired security guard and policeman, and World
War II Marine Corps veteran, was a member of Yankeetown Community
Church and the Marine Raider Association
He is survived by his wife, Helen Oliver of Inglis; two sons,
James W. Oliver, Ontario, N.Y., William A. Oliver, Virginia
Beach, Va.; four daughters, Elizabeth Aivalotis, Virginia
Beach, Va., Marjorie Stevens, Spencer, N.Y., Susan Marz, Richmond,
Ky., Kathryn Kuba, Grand Prairie, Texas; a sister, Viola Oliver,
Central Islip, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren
OLSZEWSKI, LOUIS J.
Louis Joseph Olszewski, WW II U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
and beloved father, retired letter carrier and family member,
formerly of Port Chester, New York died May 7, 2011 in San
Jose, CA. Born on May 26, 1919 he bravely served his country
from 1938 to 1945. As a member of the First Marine Raider
Battalion, his unit - the Edson's Raiders - received two coveted
Presidential Unit Citations for their service on Guadalcanal
and the Battle of Bloody Ridge. He joined the Postal Service
and retired in 1980. Married on October 7, 1945, to Ida Ponterio
(deceased), Louis and Ida moved to San Jose, CA in 1999. Beloved
father of Robert Olszewski of San Jose and Lynn Dziekan of
Texas, grandsons Todd and Scott, daughter-in-law Lorene, nephews,
nieces, and many dear friends. Services will be held at Santa
Clara Mission Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Memorial
Donations can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation
ORPHEY, RICHARD A.
Richard Arthur Orphey, 85, a resident of Bremerton died in
his home of natural causes on August 15, 2009. He was born
in Hammond, Indiana on March 15, 1924 and was preceded in
death by his wife Ginger in 1993. He attended schools in Hammond
and graduated in 1942
He served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Division
from 1942 to 1952 and was part of the outfit called "The Raiders,"
and later was a member of the Marine Raider Association
He worked for the United States Post Office, Bremerton as
a mailman, office manager and accountant. He also worked for
Johnson's Lumber on Callow Avenue until it closed. He enjoyed
fishing, camping, gardening, hunting and bowling
Arrangements are under the direction of Rill's Life Tribute
Center, Port Orchard
OSBURN, ROBERT L.
Robert L. Osburn, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov.
17, 2003, at his home
He was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Shelby County, Mo., son of
O.R. and Helen Wedel Osburn. He and Bonnie Baker were married
June 4, 1949, at Mexico, Mo
Robert was employed with Southwestern Bell 39 years, retiring
Feb. 13, 1985. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church,
VFW Post 3838, American Legion Post 63, Disabled American
Veterans and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge
He served in World War II from 1942 to 1946, as a U.S. Marine
Corps Raider in both the South Pacific and European Theaters
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Morris Osburn of Normal,
Ill., Ted Osburn of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Morris Osburn
of Cape Girardeau; five grandchildren, Robert W. and Morris
L. Osburn of Normal, Brooks, Bennett and Breyton Osburn of
There is no visitation
A memorial service will be held at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn
Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Scott Moon will
officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Missouri Veterans
Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist
Church or Southeast Hospice
OSOWSKI, HENRY T.
Henry T. Osowski died Monday, March 28, 2011, in the Burnt
Tavern Rehabilitation Center in Brick, NJ. He was 92. Born
in Harrison, NJ, he lived many years in North Arlington, NJ
before moving to Brick 8 years ago. Henry is a retired Iron
Worker with Local 11 and was a U.S. Marine Raider, serving
four years in the Pacific Theater. He was a soccer player
for the Irish American in Kearny along with his brother Frank.
He was also a member of the Old Guard in Brick
Henry was the husband of the late Karolyn (nee Grant); Father
of Karolyn R. Postlethwaite, Barbara Dignazio and Frank Golomb;
also surviving are seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren
and four sisters
Visiting is on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wilfred
Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny,
N.J. Service is Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial
will be in Arlington Cemetery
OWEN, ROY V.
WHIDBEY, Wash. -- Roy V. Owen, 84, Sgt. Major, USMC, (Ret.),
formerly of Idaho Falls, died Oct. 22, 2007
He was born in Corvallis, Ore., on Oct. 23, 1923. He moved
with his family to Idaho Falls and enlisted in the National
Guard in 1939. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November
1941 until retirement in August 1969. He served during World
War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War
He married Bertha I Fink in Idaho Falls. After retiring from
the military, he worked as a boiler plant operator in Oak
He was a life member of the U.S. Marine Raider Association,
the Disabled Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fleet Reserve.
Roy enjoyed golfing at the Whidbey Golf and Country Club
He requested cremation and burial at sea with no services
Survivors include his brother, Carrol Owen of Idaho Falls
OWEN, STANLEY R.
"The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak."
So were the last months of Stanley Roosevelt Owen of Van Buren,
who entered this world on Dec. 8, 1923, to proud parents Theodore
and Biddie Owen. He would be the first in a family of six
children growing up in the Fort Smith and Van Buren area
At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought
in World War II from Jan. 7, 1943, to Nov. 7, 1945. As a Marine
Raider he defended our country bravely in the South Pacific,
where he received three Purple Hearts and a Gold Star
Stanley was a printer by trade, being employed at the Press
Argus for 26 years and then becoming co-owner of Owen Printing
and Publishing with his brothers Dale and Kenneth Owen in
Alma. In 1981 Daddy and Mama moved to Mount Pleasant, Texas,
where they became members of South Jefferson Baptist Church
and remained until 2002 when they came back home to Van Buren
to care for his mother-in-law, Pearl Bray whom he loved and
respected dearly until her departure in September of 2005
At the age of 82 years, Jesus came for Daddy the morning
of Tuesday, May 30, 2006. He was preceded in death by his
parents; a brother, Kenneth Owen; a sister, Irene Sellers;
a grandchild, Aaron Owen; and brothers-in-law, Virgil Sellers
and Jay Mills. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Owen of Van
Buren; three daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Rodney Fuller
of Waldron, Rhonda and Jon Harvey of Fort Smith, and Risa
and Tommy Oglesby of Mount Pleasant, Texas; four sons and
daughters-in-law, Roger and Tammy Owen of Alma, Randal Owen
of Van Buren, Richard Owen of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Ronald
and Christie Owen of Clarksville; one sister, Janice Owen
Mills of Iowa; two brothers, Dale Owen of Roland and Don Owen
of Charleston. He had 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews
Services are 2 p.m. today at South Jefferson Baptist Church
in Mount Pleasant with graveside services at the U.S. National
Cemetery in Fort Smith at 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006. The
Rev. Ronald Owen and the Rev. Roger Owen officiating under
the direction of Curry-Welborn Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant
PAPE, ROBERT B.
Pape, Robert B., 85, of St. Pete Beach, died Monday, Feb.
12, 2007, at home. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he came here
in 1959 from Atlanta as a manufacturer representative in the
swimming pool industry. He graduated from George Washington
University, Washington, D.C. He was a World War II and Korean
War Marine Corps veteran and a lifetime member of DAV and
Edson’s Raiders. Survivors include a son, Robert Douglas,
Treasure Island; and five grandchildren, Brian and Kevin,
both of St. Petersburg, Lee, Jacksonville, Kimberly, Treasure
Island, and Jeanelle, Mount Holly, N.J. Neptune Society, Palm
PARCELL, CLAYTON E.
Clayton Eldridge Parcell Sr., Last Marine Raider, 86, of
Staffordsville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July
8, 2008, at the Salem V. A. Medical Center
He was born September 6, 1921, at Crumpler, W.Va., the son
of the late Albert Wesley and Elsie Vernon Hamblin Parcell.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death
by his beloved wife, Evelyn "Pat" Patterson Parcell; five
brothers, Carl, Garland, John, Irvin and Hersel Parcell; and
two sisters, Irene P. Dodson and Frankie P. Whittaker
He was a Marine veteran of World War II, a retired employee
of the Celanese Corporation and a member of the Narrows American
Legion Post #68 and the VFW Post #6000
He is survived by one son, Clayton "Corky" Parcell Jr., of
Pearisburg; one daughter, Olivia Reed and husband, Darrell,
of Radford; one sister, Argie P. Spangler, of Pearisburg;
four grandchildren, Shawn Parcell Capozzi and husband, Lee,
of Riner, Corey Shannon Reed and wife, Tanoe, of Bluefield,
W.Va., Natashia Reed Pierson and husband, Ross, of Salem,
and Chelsea Reed, of Radford; five great-grandchildren, Ashley
and Adriel Reed, of Draper, Royce Pierson, of Salem, Isabella
Capozzi, of Riner, and Cruistan Reed, of Bluefield, W.Va.;
and special friend from V.A. Medical Center, Laura Jean Rumsey
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008,
at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate with the Rev.
John Hash and the Rev. Roy Burton officiating. Military Graveside
Service at the Staffordsville Cemetery, Staffordsville, Va.,
by the Narrows American Legion Post #68, Pembroke American
Legion Post #311 and the Narrows VFW Post #6000
The visitation will be Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the funeral
home after 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from
6 to 9 p.m. Please take food to Faith Temple Church, Pearisburg
for meal after funeral service on Friday
PARKE, HARRY L.
Harry L. Parke passed from this life on Friday, March 11,
2011 at the age of 87. He was a faithful and loving husband,
father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived
by his wife of 63 years, Delores Hingle Parke; children: Harry
Jr. and Jean Parke of Slidell LA, Michael and Connie Parke
of Baton Rouge LA, Stephen and Kathy Parke of Chesterfield
SC, Gregory and Jane Parke of Mandeville LA; and a host of
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Hall Dewitt;
sisters: Willie Lenora Gregory, Annie St. Angelo Marengo;
brother, Phillip St. Angelo; and great-grandson, Jacob Parke.
He was born in Brookside, AL, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY.
He was a longtime resident of New Orleans, LA, and a resident
of Slidell, LA for the past 5 years. He was a respected and
faithful member of the First Pentecostal Church in Slidell
and New Orleans, and a board member of the First Pentecostal
Church of New Orleans. He served during WWII in the elite
"Marine Raiders" unit of the United States Marine Corps. He
was awarded the Purple Heart, and was a combat veteran in
the battles of Bougainville, Emirau Island, Guam, and Okinawa.
He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. Relatives
and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral.
Visitation will be held at First Pentecostal Church of Slidell,
388 Robert Blvd., in Slidell, LA, on Sunday, March 13, 2011,
from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on Monday, March 14, 2011,
from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Memorial Services will be held
on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the church. Funeral
Services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 11:00
am at the church. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial Gifts may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 19405 Helenburg
Rd., Covington, LA 70433. Arrangements by Honaker Funeral
Home, Inc., Slidell, LA
PARMLEY, CLIFFORD L.
FLORAL CITY - Clifford L. Parmley, 85, a carpet salesman,
died Friday, June 16, 2006, in Ocala
A native of Wolf Lake, Ill., Mr. Parmley moved to Floral
City from Miami Lakes in 1995. He was a U.S. Marine Corps
veteran of World War II, earning a Silver Star and two Purple
Survivors include his son, James M. Parmley, Dunnellon; daughter,
Pattie Fowden, Johns Island, N.C.; brother, Ralph Parmley,
Granite City, Ill.; sister, Jerri Johnson, Florida; and two
Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel, provided information
PARTNER, ALFRED A.
Funeral services for Alfred Atherley Partner will be held
10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Larry Yarbrough will officiate.
Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. The Ute
Mountain American Legion Post #75 will be conducting a military
graveside service. Visitation is today, Oct. 30,at the Ertel
Memorial Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m
Al was born on Oct. 28, 1923, in Henrieville, Utah to Alfred
George and Annie (Atherley) Partner. He passed away on Friday,
Oct. 26, 2001, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He
Al joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served four years
in combat on Marianas Island during World War II. Upon his
return, Al married his sweetheart Beth Norton in Panguitch,
Utah on Feb. 18, 1946. This marriage was later solemnized
in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 17, 1949. To this union
were born seven children. The family has been completed with
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews
Alfred operated his upholstery business for over 50 years.
He loved to work on and restore furniture. He resided in this
beautiful area for 30 years. He loved the mountains, his family
and delighted in taking children and grandchildren on picnics
and hunting trips. On these outings he would point out the
beauty of Colorado to them. Al loved his family and was a
great example of integrity, which was an integral part of
Surviving Al are his wife, Beth Partner of Dolores.; children,
Kathleen (Jerry) O'Brien of Gilbert, Ariz., Sybil (Vince)
Carrillo of Glendale, Ariz., Anna (Thomas Noble) Hansen of
St. Johns, Ariz., Diane Partner of Valencia, Calif., Dona
A. (Patricia) Partner of Baring, Wash., and Karl Taylor (Leila)
Partner of Cortland, Virg.; and his sister, Velma Barlow and
her husband of Layton, Utah. Also surviving Al are his 20
grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, one
half-sister and three half-brothers
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral
PASTORELLI, WILLIAM J.
Bill passed away [January 26, 2008] after a courageous battle
with cancer, his loving family by his side. Bill was born
and raised in the Bay Area. During the depression he joined
the CC Camp and when World War II started, he enlisted in
the Marine Corps and fought in Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa
as a Marine Raider. He was honorably discharged Dec. 27, 1945.
1946 he met, fell in love and married Josephine. 1947 started
their family in San Mateo. 1962 moved to Belmont, where he
lived out his life. Bill worked as an operating engineer for
Fisk, Firenze and McLain for 35 years. In his younger years
he was an avid fisherman, abalone diver and hunter. Later
he loved jogging and walking the Belmont hills. His biggest
joy during his retirement years was raising his two granddaughters
Bill is preceded in death by his wife Josephine of 47 years.
He is survived by his three loving children, Joan Pastorelli,
Linda Maccarra and Bill Pastorelli, Jr.; granddaughters Tina
and Rachel; sisters Jewel (Gene), Virginia, Vicky, Diane (John),
Jeanne (Gary) and the late Alice Hunt; sisters-in-law, Nancy
and the late Mary, Louise, Nellie and brother-in-law Frank.
He also had many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Bill
had many, many caring and loyal friends who enriched his life
A Memorial Celebration of Bill's life will be held on Thurs.,
Jan. 31, 2:00 pm at Crippen & Flynn Carlmont Chapel, 1111
Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont. In lieu of flowers the family
requests that donations be made in his name to Pathways Home
Health & Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Ave., Sunnyvale,
PAULETTE, JACK C.
Paulette, Jack, 69, of Tampa, died Friday, March 10, 1989,
at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born in Lyons, Ga., and came
here in 1945. He was a retired insurance agent and was a member
of Keystone United Methodist Church. He served in the Marine
Corps during WW II in the 1st Raider Battalion. Survivors
include his wife, Mary S., Tampa; a son, John C., Tampa; a
daughter, Patricia Kraft, St. Albans, W. Va.; two sisters,
Marjorie Cox, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dorothy Selcer, Hixon,
Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Duval Funeral Home, Northside
PAWLIK, HENRY F.
For 31 years, Henry F. ''Hank'' Pawlik served Saginaw as
a police officer
He died of cancer Tuesday [August 19, 2008] at 86, although
family members said he stayed lively to the end
Pawlik served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940
to 1946, participating in the invasions of Guadalcanal and
Tulagi. Later, as a military policeman, he visited Hiroshima
and Nagasaki to help in the cleanup process after American
atom bombs destroyed the cities, and befriended some Japanese
''That's something he was really proud of,'' said Sue Ann
Bierlein of Frankenmuth, one of Pawlik's six children with
his wife, Delphine. ''The Edson's Raiders (in which Pawlik
served) were comparable to the Navy SEALS of today.''
After retiring from the Saginaw Police Department as captain
of investigations in 1977, he served as a bailiff for 10 years
for Saginaw County District Judge Joseph DeFrancesco
''He was very community oriented,'' said Pawlik's youngest
child, Todd Pawlik, 40, of Beverly Hills, Mich. ''He was a
humble hero, very steady and consistent. He taught us all
the right things about respect and regard for others.''
During his time as an officer, Pawlik worked nights as a
security guard at dance halls as well as working in Saginaw's
His children say people still approach them with stories
about how Pawlik's intervention when they were misguided teens
had straightened out their lives
''It's funny; growing up, he would have run-ins with a lot
of my friends, and he was great with them,'' said Pawlik's
eldest child, David H. Pawlik, 60, who works as an attorney
in Washington, D.C
David Pawlik remembers how over the years, people his father
didn't know would end up doing him small favors, such as shoveling
snow from his driveway. When he would ask them who they were,
they would reply that he had helped them get their lives in
order years earlier
Family members also recall Pawlik as a strongly religious
man, active at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2445 St. Charles
in Saginaw. He also enjoyed getting together with his old
war buddies as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
1859, American Legion Post 439 and Military Order of the Cooties
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''He has always been a spectacular role model for all of
us,'' David Pawlik said. ''He was always proud of all his
kids and what they accomplished.''
Bierlein said she's seeing signs that her father's legacy
will live on
''My grandson is only 18 months old, and he is already picking
up some of my father's characteristics,'' she said
The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen
Catholic Church, with the vigil planned at 6 p.m. today at
Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center in Saginaw Township
James Payer, "Grandpa", age 85 years, of Dyer, Indiana, former
East Chicago resident for 82 years, passed away on Sunday,
January 4, 2009 at Saint Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer,
IN. James was born on July 7, 1923 in East Chicago, Indiana
to James Payer and Julia Brunner. He was a 1943 graduate of
Roosevelt High School. James enlisted with the United States
Marine Corps in 1943 and served in the Pacific Area during
World War II as a Marine Corps Raider. On October 5, 1946,
James married Dolores Boyan at St. Mary Church in East Chicago.
James was a Scoutmaster for Troop 35, a baseball coach for
Club Ki-yowga and a former member of St. Mary Parish. James
retired from the Amoco Oil Refinery in 1988. He previously
worked at the Sinclair and ECI Refinery in East Chicago. James
is survived by his seven children, James (Nikki) Payer of
Schererville, Nancy (Larry) Kaczka of Highland, Bill Payer
of Sugar Hill, GA, Judy (James) McHale of Carmel, IN, Tom
(Phyllis) Payer of Valparaiso, Sue (Martin) Kometz of Warrenville,
IL and Shari Pluskis of Dyer; 15 grandchildren, Jennifer,
Jeanne, David, Jeff, Marguerite, Bill, Jim, Kellie, Allison,
Jason and Kirstin, Melissa, Scott, Jake and A.J. and seven
great-grandchildren, Jarrett, Chloe, Trenton, Jack, Barbara,
Veronica, Jamie, Trey and Lyla. James was preceded in death
by his beloved wife of 51 years, his parents and his siblings.
James was an avid sport fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren's
sporting events. He was loved by his family and will be missed
by many. Visitation will be held at the Fife Funeral Home,
4201 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday,
January 7, 2009. The American Legion will Post Colors at 5
p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be private
PEARCE, ALLEN A., JR.
Allen A. Pearce, 80, of Kansas City, died Jan. 5, 2005, at
the Independence Health Care Center, where he had been for
about three weeks. Mr. Pearce was born June 15, 1924, in Kansas
City. Graveside services are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 18, at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth,
KS. He served in the U.S. Marines and received two Purple
Hearts. After his service to the country, he worked as a freight
specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from where
he retired. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann B.
Pearce of Kansas City. Mr. Pearce is survived by niece, Peggy
Oxler of Overland Park, KS, her husband, Dr. John Oxler and
their children, Jed and Lark. He also is survived by his friend
and caregiver, Josephine Thomas of Kansas City. (Arr: McGilley
Midtown Chapel, 816-753-6200)
PENSKA, EDWARD R.
Edward R. Penska, [October 27, 2000] beloved husband of the
late Mary, nee Kurek and the late Rena; loving brother of
Frances (late Raymond) Meyer, the late Lottie (Casey) Trent,
Anthony Penksa and Albina (late Frank) Guja and brother-in-law
of Tony and Helen Kurek; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews;
dear friend of Dolores Prochaska. Retired U.S. Post Office
after 35 years. Veteran WWII U.S. Marine Corps, Carlson Raiders.
Funeral Monday 10:30 a.m. from the Hickey Memorial Chapel,
4201 W. 147th St., Midlothian, to St. Christopher Church
PERKINS, GEORGE M.
George M. Perkins, of Mashpee, died Feb. 3, 2007. Husband
of Doris H. (Goddard) Perkins. Visitation 4-7 p.m. tomorrow,
Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave.
at Route 151, Mashpee. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday, St.
Jude's Chapel at Christ the King Church, Mashpee Commons,
Route 151, Mashpee, followed by burial in Massachusetts National
PFLEEGER, GORDON H.
ESCONDIDO -- The curtain fell last week on the final act
of a long, storied life that included acting in New York City,
serving in the U.S. Marines in World War II and Korea, performing
in Starlight Opera productions in San Diego, and succeeding
in real estate and bookkeeping businesses
A 20-year Escondido resident, Gordon Henry Pfleeger, who
was "bitten by the acting bug" in high school and pursued
many interests in his life, died March 15 . He was 86
"He always, always, always was the sweetest person you'd
know," said Betty Pfleeger, his wife of 23 years
Born May 11, 1920, in Utica, N.Y., Pfleeger became involved
in amateur theater in high school and was able to try out
for a radio show in 1935, his wife said
"In those days, radio was a big deal," Betty Pfleeger said.
"It was like being on TV."
After graduating high school, Pfleeger found some success
acting in New York City, but enlisted in the U.S. Marines
in 1940. He graduated boot camp on Dec. 7, 1941, the day the
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Betty Pfleeger said
With some musical experience, he served as drum major for
a military band, then became a bugler, responsible for the
calls that served as a way to communicate to troops. He also
tried out for and was accepted to work in USO shows that occurred
throughout the South Pacific, Betty Pfleeger said
"After about a year, he decided that's not why he joined
the Marines," Betty Pfleeger said
Gordon Pfleeger volunteered for and was accepted into the
Marine Raiders -- a precursor to modern-day special forces
-- who were trained in guerilla warfare, Betty Pfleeger said
The Marine Raiders were created in 1942 and disbanded in
1944. They were among the first to engage in combat in the
South Pacific and operated deep in enemy territory, collecting
intelligence and surveying beaches ahead of larger ground
forces. They seized key hills and beaches in guerrilla-style
strikes against Japanese forces
Stricken with dengue fever that put him in the hospital for
a month and nearly took his life, Gordon Pfleeger was sent
home to Utica, N.Y., where he married his first wife and went
to business school, Betty Pfleeger said
In 1950, he was recalled into military service and spent
two years of hard military time in Korea, where he was "right
up in the demilitarized zone," Betty Pfleeger said
"He did volunteer at an orphanage there because he said that
was the only thing that kept him sane," Betty Pfleeger said
With his youngest son only 1 year old at home, Gordon Pfleeger
would have his wife send toys to him in Korea, and he would
tell stories to the children at the orphanage, Betty Pfleeger
said. "He was a great storyteller," she said
When he got off the ship in San Diego after serving in Korea,
he "kneeled down and kissed the ground and said he was staying
here," Betty Pfleeger said
Gordon Pfleeger moved his family to San Diego, where he retired
from the military as a gunnery sergeant in 1966. He appeared
in several Starlight Opera productions before beginning a
successful real estate career with an office in La Jolla,
Betty Pfleeger said
He eventually divorced his first wife, and three years later
met the woman who would become his second wife when they lived
next door to each other in Encinitas. They married three years
after that, Betty Pfleeger said
Around 1980 or 1981, Gordon Pfleeger gave up his real estate
office and began a bookkeeping business that he ran until
health problems forced him to retire. He also was active with
Toastmasters and served as a deacon at Hidden Valley Christian
church in Escondido, Betty Pfleeger said. He was a member
of the Marine Corps Raider Association and American Legion
Though he suffered from various ailments, including Alzheimer's,
he was "lucid up until the day before he died," Betty Pfleeger
Survivors include his wife, Betty Pfleeger; sons, James Pfleeger
of Montreal, Tom Pfleeger of Lake Beach, Ill., and Rick Stockwell
of New York City; brother, John Pfleeger of Del Mar; sisters,
Mary Ellen Pfleeger of Rancho Bernardo and Virginia Whaitley
of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, with military honors, Hidden Valley
Christian Church, 1300 S. Juniper St., Escondido
Arrangements: California Funeral Alternatives
Ralph Pinto Sr., a Ridgecrest resident since 1947, left this
life peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. He was 86
He was born in Nenahnezad, N.M., on Dec. 24, 1924. Ralph
was a WWII Marine Veteran, 4th Marine Raiders (Navajo Code
Talker). He participated in actions in the Asiatic-Pacific
Islands to the occupation of Japan, 1943 to 1945. He is a
certified member of the United States Marine Raider Association.
He was employed at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake for
Ralph was one of the original members of the China Lake Golf
Club. He golfed until his health hindered him. He also loved
to fish the streams and lakes of the Eastern Sierras
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wonderful wife
of 63 years, Gladys; loving son, Daniel; sisters, Julia, Ada,
He is survived by his sons, Herbert of Ridgecrest; Ralph
Jr. of Inyokern; daughter, Gayle of Ridgecrest; grandson,
Michael of Reno, Nev.; sister, Laura of Bellflower; Rosie
and Eva of Fruitland, N.M
A viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at
the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. A memorial service is set
for Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial
Chapel. Burial will be at Desert Memorial Park
Arrangements provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary, (760)
371-1376. Media information provided by the family
PIOTROWSKI, RICHARD L.
Richard L. Piotrowski of Cheektowaga, a decorated World War
II veteran and local restaurateur, died Tuesday [September
14, 2010] in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 89
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High
School and joined the Marine Corps on his 21st birthday
As a member of Edson’s Raiders during World War II, Mr. Piotrowski
fought in the Battle of Bloody Ridge on Solomon Islands that
saved Guadalcanal. He was wounded when a hand grenade exploded
and was awarded the Purple Heart. He later was a longtime
member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American
Upon returning from the war, Mr. Piotrowski joined his family’s
restaurant business, Ray’s Cafe, a popular East Side eatery
noted for its Friday night fish frys. He and his brother,
Edwin, eventually took over the business from their father.
Richard Piotrowski retired in 1985
He participated in many local golf tournaments. In 1983,
he hit a hole-in-one at Dande Farms Golf Course in Akron
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Alice
F. Dee; two daughters, Sharon and Denise
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a. m. Thursday in Queen
of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga
PIZIAK, WALTER F.
Walter F. Piziak, 88, of Plymouth Meeting, PA died Friday,
June 20, 2008 at Mercy Suburban Hospital
Born in Bridgeport on October 28, 1919, he was the son of
the late Joseph and Agnes Piziak
He was the husband of the late Geraldine (Nicola) Piziak
Mr. Piziak attended local schools and entered the Civilian
Conservation Corps at age of 16 during the Depression
He later entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the
South Pacific Theater during WWII as a member of the Third
After the war, Mr. Piziak returned home and worked at Alanwood
Steel Plant in Conshohocken until his retirement, and was
also an avid hunter
He is survived by a son, Tony Piziak of Plymouth meeting
and a daughter, Belinda (Richard) Salzman of Voorhees, N.J
Also, a brother, Thomas of Georgia and a sister, Mary, of
In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by
three brothers, Stanley, Michael and John and two sisters,
Catherine and Annie
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday,
June 27, 2008 from 10am to 11:30am followed by a funeral prayer
service at 11:30 at the Caramenico FH, Inc., Main & Walnut
Sts., Norristown, PA
Entombment will be private. St. Patrick’s Cemetery Mausoleum,
E. Norriton, Twp., Pa. Funeral Arrangements by: Caramenico
Funeral Home, Inc., Main & Walnut Streets, Norristown,
PLAIA, IGNATIUS C.
SIDNEY CENTER — Ignatius Charles Plaia, 79, of Sidney Center,
passed away Saturday, July 29, 2000, at home
He was born June 19, 1921, in Brooklyn, to the late Peter
and Marian Peasell Plaia
Charlie served his country in the United State Marine Corps
during World War II
He married Rose Byrnes on June 15, 1979, in Port Jefferson
He was a supervisor for Cerro-Wire in Queens when he retired
Charlie was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Sidney and
served as Cub Scout leader for Pack 88. He was a past board
member of Joshua House, Sidney. He was a family care provider
for Broome Development Center for three years
Charlie also wrote the Sidney Center news for the TriTown
He is survived by his wife, Rose Plaia, Sidney Center; two
sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth Hemmendinger, and David
Hemmendinger and Frances Driscoll, of Long Island; three daughters
and a son-in-law, Linda Hemmendinger, Long Island, Diane Hemmendinger
and Richard Bressler, Long Island, Lisa Hemmendinger, Sidney
Center; four grandchildren, Brianna Nicole Hemmendinger, David
Hemmendinger, Devin Bressler and Jason Hemmendinger; several
nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m.
at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev.
Fr. Gordon Polenz, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Sidney,
There will be no visitation
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Center Emergency
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Inc.,
PLANTE, ODILON J., JR.
BERWICK, Maine — Odilon Joseph "Babe" Plante, Jr., 90, passed
February 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born May
10, 1921, he was a son of Odilon and Delia (Auger) Plante
In 1942 he married Doris Morrill. Together they shared 70
years of marriage
Babe proudly served his country in the United States Marine
Corps during World War II. He was a 1st Sergeant attached
to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion serving in the Pacific
Campaign on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; under the command
of Col. Merritt Edson, known as "Edson’s Raiders."
After returning from military service, he began his career
as a Foreman at Prime Tanning, which spanned over 40 years.
He retired in 1983
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing in the Maine
woods and lakes
Babe was a talented carpenter and enjoyed cabinet making
In 1996 on his 75th birthday he was named Berwick Citizen
Of-The-Year by the American Legion Post 79. His community
service includes many years on the Berwick Fire Department,
election to the Board of Selectmen, and terms on several commissions
and committees. He was also a long time member of the legion
and has helped that organization as well as the Fire Department
and the Town raise thousands of dollars by donating various
pieces of furniture which he built himself. He also built
the replica of the Liberty Bell for the town's 250th Anniversary
Celebration, the welcome sign on the lawn of the town hall,
and the lectern used at many of the public meetings at the
He was predeceased by 2 brothers and 5 sisters
Babe is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Doris Plante
of Berwick; four daughters, Janet Canney and her husband Carroll
of Farmington, NH, Caren Chandler of Berwick, Gale Hersey
and her husband Stanley of Berwick, Judith Fuller and her
husband John of Tyron, NC; seven grandchildren, Jane Foster,
Jeff Saucier, Shawn, Darryl, Aaron and Kyle Chandler, Andrew
Fuller and 16 great-grandchildren
Calling hours will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 9:00
a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester
Street, Berwick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at
11:00 a.m. at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord/Our
Lady of Peace Church, 25 Saw Mill Hill Road, Berwick. Burial
with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Berwick
Should friends choose, memorial donations may be made in
his memory to: American Legion Post 79, PO Box 977 Berwick,
Arrangements are in care of Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel
POELMAN, HERMAN H.
RACINE - Herman H. 'Bud' Poelman, 78, passed away Saturday,
October 2, 2004, at his residence
Bud was born in Racine December 27, 1925, son of the late
Herman W. and Lillian A. (nee: Harmann) Poelmann and was a
lifelong Racine resident
During World War II, he served in the Sixth Division Marine
Raiders in the South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Bud was employed by the City of Racine Water Department for
43 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the City of
Racine "20-Year Club" and the NRA, National Rifle Association.
Bud was a Master Woodcarver and Master Leather Craftsman.
Above all, he loved being with his family and will be dearly
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; his children, Kurt and
Dona and their son, Zachary and Kurt's adult children, Tarah
and Stephanie, Kyle and DeAnna and their children, Nathan
and Olivia, Lance, and Laura and their children, Hans and
Vaughnn, Logan and Brenda; his three sisters, Elizabeth, Lucille,
and Maxine; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews,
other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his sister, Lois
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John Nepomuk Catholic
Church, 1903 Green Street, Monday, October 11, 2004, 11:30
a.m. with Rev. Charles J. Wheatley officiating. Interment
with full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin
Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and
friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday
from 2 until 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to one's
favority charity or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.
Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main Street,
POLLARD, THOMAS D.
Thomas David Pollard, 87, of Destin, Fla., passed away Sept.
1, 2010, surrounded by his family and friends
Thomas was born in Mulberry, Ind., and lived his youth in
Gainesville, Fla., with his parents, Ailene Atherton and Dr.
Cash Blair Pollard. He attended Gordon Military Academy in
Lt. Col. Thomas Pollard had a long and distinguished military
career in the Edson’s Raiders, 1st Marine Raider Battalion,
and the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His numerous
military honors for his valor in World War II and the Korean
War include the Silver Star with cluster, two Purple Hearts
and a Distinguished Service Cross
Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Thrilda B. Pollard;
and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The
families are a son, Thomas Edward Pollard and his children,
Thomas Jr. and Monica; daughter, Barbara Lynn (Pollard) Adair
and her children, Scott, Allison and Ashley; daughter, Nancy
Blair Pollard and her children, Jeffrey, Melissa, Gwen, Charlie,
Tony, Rod and Marcella (deceased); daughter, Toody (Pollard)
Porter, son-in-law Tom, and their children, Kati, Annabelle
and Tom Jr.; daughter, Sharon (Pollard) Wexler, son-in-law
Abraham, and their children, Alana (Howard Schwartz) and Suzanne;
and daughter, Suzanne Pollard (deceased). He had 38 great-grandchildren
Please join us for a celebration of Thomas’ life at 1 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway
East in Niceville. A reception will follow. Interment will
be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in
In lieu of flowers, a donation in honor of Thomas Pollard
may be made to the Cedars Cancer Institute, 2155 Guy St.,
Suite 900, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H-2R9
POPELKA, ROBERT J.
POPELKA, Robert Joseph -- Entered into rest, San Jose, California,
January 26, 2001. Cherished husband of Dorothy K. Popelka.
Devoted father of Robert J. Popelka, Jr., Robin A. Popelka,
John C. Popelka and James V. Popelka and his wife Nilda. Four
grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Beloved brother of Joann,
Karen and Dorothy. Beloved brother of John Paul. A native
of Madison Lake, Minnesota. A graduate of the College of St.
Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1940. Officer in the United
States Marine Corps (Major) he served as a Marine Raider in
the South Pacific - Solomon Islands, New Georgia, where he
engaged in combat. Following World War II, he attended and
graduated from the University of California, Hastings College
of Law in 1948. He established his law firm in San Jose in
1953. He became one of the leading trial attorneys in the
United States. Over forty years of active trial practice,
he represented a broad spectrum of clients in court and/or
jury trials. He retired from active practice in 1987, was
Of Counsel until his death, at the Law Firm of Popelka Allard.
He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers,
the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an Advocate in
the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society
of Barristers, Trial Attorneys of America (a member of the
Board of Directors), National Association of Railroad Trial
Counsel and Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel.
Devoted Catholic, a parishioner of St. Joseph's Cathedral
Basilica of San Jose. Friends and relatives are invited to
attend the Funeral Mass and wake Tuesday, January 30, 2001,
at 4:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, 80 South Market
Street, San Jose, California. Darling Fischer Garden Chapel
471 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA serving the family
QUIRK, BRIAN J.
Brian J. Quirk Sr., a Marine veteran who never forgot the
comrades he fought with in the Pacific during World War II,
died on Memorial Day [May 31, 2010] in a nursing home in Des
Mr. Quirk, 88, had suffered from a brain tumor and symptoms
of Alzheimer's disease, said his son Dennis. He most recently
lived in Homer Glen
Known as "Whitey" since boyhood, Mr. Quirk grew up in the
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish in Chicago's South Shore
neighborhood and graduated from De La Salle Institute. After
the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Marines and
volunteered for an elite Raiders unit under an officer named
Carlson had developed the idea for a more egalitarian fighter
unit, where officers and enlisted men worked together, based
partly on his experiences in China observing communist guerillas.
He is credited with popularizing the term "gung-ho" for the
enthusiastic cohesion with which his Raiders would fight
Like many young men at the time, Mr. Quirk was gung-ho to
join the battle. When Carlson asked him why he wanted to join
the Raiders, he replied that he figured that was the fastest
way to fight the Japanese, his son said
After several weeks of rigorous training outside San Diego,
"Carlson's Raiders" went to war. In August 1942, Mr. Quirk
and a unit of Raiders boarded submarines for a surprise raid
against the Japanese on Makin atoll. The Japanese were routed,
but not without a cost, and some Marines were left missing
Bloody battles in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Guam followed.
On Bougainville, Mr. Quirk took hits to his face, neck and
arm, winning a Navy Cross and his first Purple Heart
Word of his exploits had already reached the South Side when
Bob O'Keefe, who knew Mr. Quirk from the neighborhood, joined
"I wanted to see if I could do it," said O'Keefe, now living
in Springfield. "I was going to join the Raiders and go over
and see Brian Quirk."
O'Keefe wound up fighting by Mr. Quirk's side on Guam. Under
heavy fire, both men were wounded, Mr. Quirk in the leg (garnering
his second Purple Heart), while O'Keefe was hit in the left
arm and suffered a concussion when an enemy round banged off
He underwent surgery on a hospital ship and was still groggy
when he looked up and saw his old buddy
"He wanted to know if there was anything he could do for
me," O'Keefe said. "I said, 'Yeah, you can shave me. I'm filthier
than a pig.' And he did."
The war ended, and Mr. Quirk returned to Chicago, marrying
his grammar school sweetheart in 1946 and graduating from
Loyola University in 1950. He remained in the Marines, on
active duty during the Korean conflict and later with the
reserves, until the early 1970s, retiring as a lieutenant
colonel, his son said
As the Marines media representative for 13 Midwest states,
he coordinated several early Toys for Tots drives. He went
on to work for a public relations and fundraising firm. He
then started his own one-man agency, spreading the word for
clients including Mercy Hospital, the city's convention bureau
and Misericordia. He later sold fire-suppression systems in
a business with his son
Active with a Marine Raiders alumni group, Mr. Quirk and
others kept attention on efforts to find the remains of fellow
Marines missing and presumed killed on Makin. Eventually,
forensic pathologists identified more than a dozen victims
About eight years ago, Mr. Quirk and a group of fellow veterans
returned to Makin for a ceremony honoring the dead. The veterans
then accompanied the remains back home
"Always faithful," said his son, expressing the Marines slogan
Semper Fidelis. "His issue was not on the fighting and the
killing. It was on his (feelings) that these guys really were
the heroes, who didn't come back."
Mr. Quirk would talk by telephone with O'Keefe as often as
once a week to discuss family, work and friends, O'Keefe said.
The war came up rarely
O'Keefe had stayed away from Raiders reunions —- "Didn't
care to go," he said — but when a get-together was scheduled
for Omaha, he and Mr. Quirk decided to attend. They wound
up having a wonderful time
"All they talked about was the fun things," said O'Keefe,
who later went to a few more reunions. "There's a lot of stuff
you don't want to discuss."
Mr. Quirk is survived by his wife, Kathryn; two other sons,
Brian Jr. and Sean; daughters Margaret Flanagan and Mary Pat
Neylon; a sister, Maureen Keegan; and 11 grandchildren
Visitation is set for 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Blake-Lamb
Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Mass will be celebrated
at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327
Highland Ave., Orland Park
RADICH, ANDREW J.
Andrew J. Radich, 91, died peacefully of natural causes on
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Brandywine Assisted Living, Middlebrook
Crossing, in Bridgewater. Mr. Radich was born in Bound Brook,
graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1938, and was a
lifelong member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bound
Brook. In August of 1940, Mr. Radich enlisted in the U.S.
Marine Corps, underwent basic training at Camp LeJeune and
received additional training in jungle fighting at Guantanamo
Bay. As a member of Edson's Raiders, a unit who made initial
landings on beachheads of islands occupied by the Japanese
in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, PFC Radich participated in
the seizure of Tulagi and the Solomon Islands in August of
1942. He also saw action at Tasimboko, Guadalcanal, B.S.I.
in Sept. of 1942 where he was critically injured by shrapnel.
He was thought to have died on the battlefield and was not
discovered to be alive until three days later. PFC Radich
was flown to New Caledonia for his initial treatment and then
spent several months in New Zealand before being transported
to New York to finish his recuperation. He received a Purple
Heart for his valor and was Honorably Discharged due to medical
disability in Sept. of 1943. On May 29th of 1943, PFC Radich
wed his childhood sweetheart, Julie Figel, whom he had known
as elementary students at St. Mary's School. They celebrated
their 60th anniversary in May, 2003
Julie died in March 2005 and Mr. Radich is survived by his
daughter, Dr. Carol A. Radich, of Malvern, PA, and two sisters,
Dorothy Kmiec of Somerville, and Eleanor Chubrick of Middlesex,
as well as several nieces and nephews. Mr. Radich worked as
a chemical operator for Bakelite, later named Union Carbide,
for 35 years and retired in 1979
Mr. Radich's godson, Fr. Edward Czarcinski, will celebrate
the funeral mass at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 2nd, at St.
Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bound Brook. Prayers and visiting
hours will be held at The Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East
Main Street, Bridgewater NJ 08807 on Friday, April 1st, from
7-9 pm and Saturday morning from 8:30-9:00 am. Interment will
be at Resurrection Burial Park, in Piscataway
RALSTON, ELTON, JR.
A gathering and reception will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug.
4, 2008, in Sayler's Old Country Kitchen for Elton "Bud" Ralston
of Portland, who died July 29 at age 83
Elton Ralston was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Multnomah and lived
in Portland his entire life. He served in the Marine Corps
in World War II and was a member of the Marine Raiders. He
was an independent insurance agent. In 1973, he married Evelyn
McDaniel; she died in 2002
Survivors include his sons, Elton III and Chris; daughters,
Candis Bayne, Chellis Kassah and Carlis Ralston; stepsons,
Larry Lamb and Darrel Lamb; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
Remembrances to American Diabetes Association
Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial
RAMAGOZ, EDWARD H.
Edward H. Ramagoz, a process server for Jefferson Parish,
died Thursday [April 1, 1999] of pulmonary fibrosis at Ochsner
Foundation Hospital. He was 76. Mr. Ramagoz was born in New
Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 26 years. He graduated
from Holy Cross High School. He was a former executive of
Falstaff Brewing Corp. and a board member of the Falstaff
Credit Union. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II
and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was a member of Military
Order of the Purple Heart Chapter No.1955, American Legion
Post No. 203, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8012 and the
Disabled American Veterans. He also was a member of the Fraternal
Order of Police, the Law Enforcement Deputies Association,
the We Dk Fraternity and the Beachcombers Social Club. Survivors
include his wife, Shirley Brandt Ramagoz; a son, Edward G.
Ramagoz; a daughter, Edley A. Ramagoz; and a grandchild. A
mass will be said Tuesday at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home,
5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m.
and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Greenwood
RANGITSCH, RAYMOND L.
Raymond Rangitsch, 87 of Billings passed away peacefully
Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Valley Health Care
The son of Barney and Matilda Rangitsch, Ray was born March
23, 1921 at Bridger, MT. He graduated from Bridger High School
In 1942 Ray enlisted in the United Sates Marine Corps, (Raiders).
He served in many of the Pacific Island Campaigns and received
the Purple Heart. He was one of four Rangitsch brothers to
serve in the military during WWII
Ray married LuVon Herndon in 1945. She preceded him in death
in 1987. He married his high school sweetheart, Catherine
(Bostic) Brabec in 1999
Survivors include his wife Catherine of Billings, three sisters,
Elizabeth (Frank) Wellner, Lucille (Jack) Kindleman, and Genevieve
(Darle) Hemmy all of Billings, two brothers, Larry (Ellen)
of New York and Alvin (Betty) of Wyoming. Also surviving are
stepdaughter Mickey Dilulo and stepsons, Darrel (Glenda),
Rick (Linda), and Jerry (Margaret)
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Victor,
and brothers Bernard, Jim and Kenneth
Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass and Military Honors
will be 10am Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church. Interment
at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery, Evansville, WY will
take place at a later date
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice
RAPLEY, JOHN H.
On May 19, 2007, John Howard Rapley, Sr., 82, died at a local
hospital surrounded by the love of his son and daughter. He
was born in Hot Springs, AR on July 25, 1924 to Frank M. Rapley
and Nina Rife Rapley
At age 16, John enlisted in the Marine Corps and served with
the Marine Raiders from June 1941 until April 1947. He served
with the Second Raider Battalion in the Solomon Islands Campaign.
He then was with the 5th Marine Division that fought on Iwo
Jima in 1945. Shortly after that, John served in the Occupation
Upon his return, John and his former wife, Jimmie Lee Penny
Rapley, attended Henderson State University and he graduated
in 1950. In 1956 he received his Masters Degree in School
Administration from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN.
Having fallen in love with California while in the Marines,
he relocated his family to the beautiful seaside community
of Santa Monica, CA in 1955. He taught mathematics at Lincoln
Jr. High from 1955 until his retirement in 1979
John is survived by his son, John Rapley, Jr., of Hot Springs,
AR: his daughter, Suzanne E. Rapley, Ph.D. of Santa Barbara,
CA; his granddaughter, Ari Margot Rapley Janoff, age 14; and
his loving brother David Rapley of Hot Springs, AR
Please join his family and friends for a memorial service
and picnic lunch at the Hot Springs Country Club on Friday,
May 25, 2007, starting at 11:00 a.m. The memorial will be
an opportunity to celebrate the love and joyous spirit that
John Howard Rapley shared with the world. He is forever in
RAY, EDWIN A.
Funeral services for Edwin Austin Ray, age 85, of Centerville,
Texas formerly of Buffalo and Jewett are set for 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the Buffalo Funeral Home in
Buffalo, Texas. Rev. Travis Bo Davis will officiate. Interment
will be in the Sardis Cemetery. Buffalo Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements
Visitation hours will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from
4 pm until 8 pm
Mr. Edwin Ray was born in Allen, Texas on August 2, 1922
to T. L. and Mable Putnam Ray. He served in the U.S. Marines.
He was a car salesman in the automotive business, and he operated
a service station in Jewett, Texas for several years. He was
preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Ray passed away Monday
morning, October 22, 2007 in Centerville, Texas
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Ray of Buffalo, Texas;
step-son, Ray Gaskin of Buffalo, Texas; nephew, Mike Davis
& wife Nelda of Jewett ; great niece Keligh Ryder and
husband, Ravis, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cousin, Blondie
Taylor & husband, Bud, of Arlington, Texas; aunts, Lady
Long of Denton, Texas, and Pauline Putnam of Gatesville, Texas;
step-grandchildren, Alisa Gaskin of Buffalo, Texas, and Heather
Blackburn and husband Randy of the Woodlands, Texas; step
great-grandchildren, Melodie Ferguson, Kelsea Ferguson, Dylan
Blackburn, & Joshua Blackburn
The pallbearers are Thomas Opie, Dave Guiton, Boyd Reeder,
Robert Haynie, Bill Hargrove, and Bill Vaughn
The honorary pallbearers are Winston Ferguson, L.G. Ware,
Bobby Ray Harris, John Runnels, and Billy Ray Thomas
RAZZA, JAMES P.
SALEM, N.H. — Mr. James P. Razza, 88, of Salem, N.H., died
on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Centre
in Derry, N.H
James was born in Lawrence on Dec. 1, 1920 to Nicodemo and
Elena Razza Sr. He graduated from Lawrence High School
Mr. Razza was a veteran of the United States Marines and
later served in the United States Navy. He was employed with
the Army Corps of Engineers for over 30 years before retiring
James is survived by his loving wife, Grace (Fazzi) Razza
of Salem, N.H.; three sons, James P. Razza and his wife Lisa
of Methuen, Robert A. Razza and Michael P. Razza, both of
Salem, N.H.; three sisters, one sister-in-law, Mary Cavallaro
of Methuen, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by two brothers and one sister
Arrangements: Family and friends may call on Thursday, April
2, 2009 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126
Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. A funeral service will also
be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Cremation will follow
REDISKE, GRANT W.
Grant W. Rediske, age 80, formerly of Plymouth, died on Wednesday
January 19, 2005 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. He
was born February 14, 1924 in Sumner, Iowa son of the late
Ernest & Anna Heller Rediske. Grant joined the United
States Marine Corp. and served with the special forces "Marine
Raiders" during WWII in the Pacific Theater. Upon his Honorable
Discharge from the military, he worked as a welder throughout
the area. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth,
Marine Raider Association, and the Plymouth Rhine Field and
Stream. Survivors include his children: Curtis Rediske of
Milwaukee, Blane Rediske of Franklin, Faith Rediske of Milwaukee,
and Darren Rediske of Cudahy; a brother: Raymond (Ione) Rediske
of Plymouth, and a sister: Renatta Mackenzie of Oshkosh. Grant
was also preceded in death by a sister: Eileen Athey. Funeral
Services will be at 1:00pm on Saturday January 29, 2005 at
Wittkopp Funeral Home in Plymouth. Friends may call at the
funeral home from 11:00am-1:00pm when services will be held.
A memorial fund has been established in the name of Grant
Walter Rediske. Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service is
assisting the family with arrangements
REESBY, JAMES W.
DICKINSON – James William Reesby, 63, a retired senior supervisor
for Union Carbide, died Tuesday [May 10, 1983] at his residence
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Shrine
of the True Cross Catholic Church in
Dickinson, Monsignor Eugene Cargill officiating
Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, under
direction of the James Crowder Funeral Home of La Marque
A rosary will be recited at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home
Mr. Reesby was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Galveston. He was a
member of the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church, the
Mainland Elks Lodge 2141, the Pioneer Club and Woodmen of
the World. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the
U.S. Marine Corps, and was a Dickinson resident for the past
Survivors include his wife, Mary Nancy Reesby of Dickinson;
two sons, James William Reesby Jr. of Freeport and Ronald
Carl Reesby of Clute; and two sisters, Patricia Bright of
Silver Spring, Nev. and Alice Chartrand of Galveston
Pallbearers will be Joe Murello, Raymond Jones, Ervin Biegert,
John Christiansen, Rudy Kanier and Sprencer Baird
Visitors may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m
REIDY, ROBERT C.
A memorial plaque will be unveiled next week for Robert Conlon
Reidy, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who died September
27, 1997 in San Francisco
Mr. Reidy was a native of Plainfield N.J. He served in the
Marines from 1942 to 1945 in the Third Raider Battalion, First
Marine Division. He participated in the landing on Pavuvu
in the Solomon Islands and also saw combat at Guadalcanal
He left New Jersey in 1950 and worked as a railroad maintenance
of way worker on lines throughout the West and Northwest before
coming to the Bay Area in 1971
He is survived by brothers Edward M. of Morgan Hill; Walter
of Dunellen N.J.; Howard E. of Lyons N.J.; and John L. Connolly
of Windermere Fla.; and a sister Kathleen McCann of Dunellen
The plaque will be shown off next week at the Marines' Memorial
Club in San Francisco
REILLY, JOSEPH J.
LAKE PLACID — Joe Reilly passed away on Saturday morning,
Feb. 25, 2012, with family by his side, at Uihlein Mercy Center,
where he resided since December 2005. He was born Joseph John
Reilly on a small farm near Egg Harbor City, N.J., on Jan.
9, 1925, the youngest son of Loretta (nee Doyle) and Henry
Joe was orphaned during the Depression. He lived on the streets
of Brooklyn, N.Y., briefly before finding his way to Lincoln
Hall in 1938. Lincoln Hall (formerly Lincoln Agricultural
School) was formed under the auspices of the New York Catholic
Protectory as a facility for the care and treatment of destitute
Joe enjoyed his time with the Christian Brothers. In 1939,
he rode in a car for the first time. It was a chauffeur-driven
sedan, carrying him and his representative from the protectorate,
Mr. Hart, to the Blain farm in Champlain, NY. Mr. Hart made
arrangements for Joe to live with the Blain family. Mr. Hart
brought many children to the North Country. While in Champlain,
Joe was loved by his "Ma," Mrs. Alma Blain. To Joe's children,
she was "Nana." He attended the one-room schoolhouse and did
chores with Louis (also taken-in) and Alma's son, Gerald.
Before getting his high school diploma, Joe joined the Marine
Corps at the age of 16 and completed boot camp on Paris Island
at the age of 17. Prior to deployment, he participated in
amateur boxing matches. In 1942, he deployed to the South
Pacific, where Joe volunteered for the 3rd Raider Battalion.
Following the decimation of the 1st and 2nd Raiders (progenitors
to today's special forces), the 3rd was the only Marine battalion
ever formed entirely overseas (Samoa). Joe saw action at New
Georgia, Bougainville, the Solomons and New Guinea. Joe's
hearing was severely affected in one ear while working in
a pack howitzer unit, and he was hospitalized at Corona Naval
Hospital for elephantiasis.
After discharge, Joe lived in San Francisco until his brother,
Charlie, found him, and together they drove back to New York.
Joe returned to Champlain after the war, where he owned a
painting business. Later, he worked as a lineman for N.Y.
Telephone. He met and married Jean Elaine Angell in 1951.
They had three sons: Dan, Tim and Jeff. After several promotions,
Joe became terminal manager for Augsbury Corp. in Plattsburgh.
In 1962, Joe became 50 percent owner and general manager of
Latour Fuel Company in Saranac Lake. In 1964, he became sole
shareholder. As part owner and with Leon Latour, president,
in August of 1964, Latour Fuel Co. donated the land for the
new hospital, where AMC stands today. Joe became an avid skier
and turned his family into skiers at Bear Mountain, Skyline,
Pisgah and Whiteface. He enjoyed bringing his family to the
Laurentians to ski at Gabriel and Tremblant.
While in Saranac Lake, Joe was a member of the Rotary Club,
president of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the St.
Bernard's Church Building Committee (after the old church
burned). As Winter Carnival chairman (two years in a row),
he brought Judy Carne and Ed Platte to Saranac Lake. Judy
enjoyed a snowmobile ride to Zeke Vandenburgh's fishing shanty
on Lower Saranac.
Jean and Joe divorced in 1976. Joe married Yolande Giselle
Langevin in 1978. They lived in Montreal, where Joe worked
for Farquar Robinson Fuels. They later resided in Upper Jay
before settling in Plattsburgh. Joe and Yolande had years
of close-knit family life together with Yolande's extended
family in Saint Valentin, Quebec. Joe was well-liked while
working at the ARC Workshop in Plattsburgh, bringing in many
valuable contracts. He founded and operated Industrial Packaging,
Inc. in Champlain for several years. He later worked at Homenergy
Services, Inc. with his sons in Saranac Lake. He suffered
a stroke in 1998 and could no longer work full time.
Joe was pre-deceased by his first and second wives, Jean
and Yolande; his brother Harry; and sisters, Loretta and Margie.
He is survived by his brother Charlie of Christianburg, Va.;
sons, Daniel and wife, Aggie, of Saranac Lake, Tim and wife,
Debbie of West Hartford, Conn., Jeff of Saranac Lake; and
grandchildren, Sarah, Erica, Amanda, Owen and Hannah, as well
as Sam and Allison Blain; his brothers-in-law, Raymond and
Noella Langevin, Michel and Carole Langevin, and Francois
and Claire Langevin; sister-in-law Suzanne Langevin; and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3,
at Fortune Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake, immediately
followed by a funeral service at the funeral home and a reception
nearby to be announced. After cremation, internment will be
at Saint Valentin Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers,
donations in Joe's memory may be made to Mercy Care for the
Adirondacks, Inc. or to Uihlein Mercy Center, Lake Placid,
where Joe received wonderful care.
REIN, HANS W.
Hans W. Rein, of Menomonee Falls. Born to Eternal Life on
Aug. 10, 1997, age 75. Loving husband of Ethel. Dearest father
of Linda (Dick) Torstenson, Diane (Glen) Schwister and Glenn
(Pam). Fondest grandfather of Christine, John, Michael, Melissa,
David, Jennifer, Amanda and Courtney. Dear brother of Ella,
Henry, Paul and Bill. Preceded in death by his brother Fred.
Visitation Wed., Aug. 13 at the Hartson Funeral Home from
4 PM with a Funeral Service at 7 PM. Private inurnment. Hans
served as a Marine Raider in the USMC. He was a retiree of
the Harnischfeger Corp. In lieu of flowers, memorials can
be made to the Cancer Care Clinic, W180 N8085 Town Hall Rd.,
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. A great man who will be truly missed
by all the people whose lives he touched. Hartson Funeral
Home, 11111 W. Janesville Rd., Hales Corners
RESTIVO, AUGUST W.
August Restivo, [August 20, 2004] beloved husband of Lois,
nee Jachowske; loving father of Royce (Carol) and Brett (Charlene);
fond grandfather of Stephanie, Corinne, Russell, Michael and
Samual. Memorial Service Friday, 10 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran
Church, 107 N. Wood Dale Rd. (3 blks S. of Irving Park Rd.).
Visitation 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment Mt.
Emblem Cemetery. Arrangements by Blake Lamb Funeral Home,
John C. Liberatore Funeral Director. 630-964-9392
REYNOLDS, HARRINGTON F., JR.
Harry Reynolds, a Marine Raider who stood up for fellow Raiders
who were killed in a commando attack in 1942 but whose remains
were left on a remote Pacific island, died July 18 
at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 82
Born Harrington Ford Reynolds Jr. on March 21, 1922, Mr.
Reynolds enlisted in the Marines shortly after the U.S. entry
into World War II in December 1941, then signed up for a Marine
commando unit that became known as the Marine Raiders
His childhood friend, Robert Maulding, also joined the Raiders
Maulding was killed along with 18 other Marines when two
Raider companies attacked Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands,
about 2,500 miles west of Hawaii, in August 1942
The commandos were forced to leave their dead on the beach
when they evacuated the island, and their commander paid a
local resident to bury them
Mr. Reynolds did not take part in the raid
There was no attempt to recover the Marines' remains until
surviving Raiders, including Mr. Reynolds, persuaded the Defense
Department to search for them many years later
An Army team recovered the remains in 1999, after several
Thirteen of the Raiders were interred at Arlington National
Cemetery on Aug. 17, 2001, the 59th anniversary of the raid
Mr. Reynolds, who participated in the ceremony as Maulding's
next of kin, said at the time, "I'm just tickled to death
he finally is here and being buried in American soil. That's
how the whole family feels. It's nice to have him home."
Their story was chronicled in a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune
on Memorial Day 2001
Mr. Reynolds saw action during the war at Guadalcanal and
Bougainville. After the war he worked as a bartender, film
editor and mortgage loan consultant, spending time in Los
Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas
He and his wife, Yvonne "Kiki" Reynolds, lived in Las Vegas
but maintained a home in Rancho Bernardo. Kiki Reynolds said
her husband died of renal failure
Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife; a daughter, Rae; sons,
Gregory of Las Vegas and Robert of Honolulu; brother, Gary
Lease of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
No memorial service was planned
REYNOLDS, IRVIN H.
Irvin Hoyt Reynolds was born on July 18, 1920 in Bath County,
Kentucky to Stephen Thomas Reynolds, a son of Stephen Marshall
and Martha Ellen Boaz Reynolds, and Anna Grace Whaley Reynolds,
a daughter of Edward Tolliver Whaley and Nannie Belle Riddle
Whaley. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps First Raider Battalion
(Edson's Raiders) in World War II from February 1942 to October
1945. He moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland (a suburb of Washington
D.C.) in 1947 and worked as a mechanic for the Greyhound Bus
Company for 39 years, retiring August 1, 1985. He died on
April 2, 2006 following a stroke and assorted health problems,
in Prince Georges County, Maryland. His ashes were just recently
interred at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia where there
is a memorial to the Edson's Raiders. He was never married
and had no children. He was preceded in death by his parents
and the following aunts and uncles: James Grafton "Jim" Whaley,
John Andrew Whaley, Eva Blanche Carpenter, Espy Hoyt Whaley,
Allen Blaine Whaley, Lucian Rigdon Whaley, Jesse Phare Reynolds,
Jasper Newton Reynolds, Ida Mae Carpenter, Walter Carl Reynolds,
Emmett Reynolds, and Sarah Ann Jones
Funeral service for Chester Theodore Rice, 83, Coon Rapids,
formerly of Spring Lake Park, took place March 6 at Gearhart
Funeral Home, Coon Rapids. Rev. Rex Beyer officiated
Rice died March 2 . He was born June 15, 1924 in Bovey
to Raynard Rice and Maude Abar. He served in the Marines in
the South Pacific in World War II and was awarded many medals,
including two Purple Hearts. He spent 33 years at Minnegasco
as a gas repair foreman before retiring in 1982
He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Eddie, Chuckie,
Danny, Kenny, Gail and Denise; grandchildren, Dennis, Eric,
Brian, Shawn, Christopher, Kirsten, Kimberly, April, Brent,
Caroline, Phillip, Floyd, Crystal, Jean, Holly, Krista, Kerry,
Nathan and Natalie; and 16 great-grandchildren
Pallbearers were Tom Zeisimer, Jim Rice, John Austin, Gary
Prince, Dick Druk and Scott Domogalla. Honorary pallbearer
was Mike Pearson
Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids.
Arrangements were by Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids
RICHARDS, JAMES Z.
Mrs. Ruby Richards of Dalton has been informed by the War
Department that her son, Cpl. James Zack Richards, 22, Sixth
Division Marines, was killed May 21  in action on Okinawa.
Cpl. Richards was awarded the Purple Heart last April. He
had participated in five major engagements. He entered the
armed forces in September, 1942, went overseas in February,
1943, and had not been home since entering the service. Cpl.
Richards graduated from the Dalton High School with the class
of 1940. He is survived by his mother; one brother, John Neitz
Richards; and two sisters, Miss Edith Richards and Mrs. Curtis
Daves and two nieces, Eva and Ann Daves
RICKER, EDWARD J., JR.
St. Charles, IL — Edward J. Ricker Jr., 83, a 52-year resident
of St. Charles, died Jan. 19, 2008, at his home
Mass was celebrated Jan. 23 at St. Patrick’s Crane Road Church,
St. Charles. Burial was at Prairie Cemetery on Crane Road,
During World War II, Mr. Ricker served in the South Pacific
with the U.S. Marines. He was a member of American Legion
Post No. 342 and VFW Post No. 5036
Before his retirement in 1986, Mr. Ricker was employed by
Eaton Corp. as production control manager
He was a long-time member of St. Patrick Church and served
as an usher for 30 years. He served 60 years in Scouting and
received the Silver Beaver Award
Mr. Ricker is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth; his
children, Randy (Marguerite), Scott (Carol), David (Denise),
Laurie (Randy) Vincent, Kent (Elizabeth) of St. Charles and
Jeff (Sharon) of St. Charles; his grandchildren, Stephanie
and Ed Ricker, Marc and Jon Ricker, Chris, Dan, Jared, Brent,
Tim and Tracy; and three great-grandchildren
Mr. Ricker was preceded in death by his brother, Russell
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Ricker’s memory
may be made to St. Patrick’s Crane Road Church, Building Fund,
6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175
Arrangements were handled by Norris Funeral Home, St. Charles
RIEGEL, JAMES E.
Word has reached relatives in Darke County that James Riegel,
19, son of Ed Riegel formerly of Dawn, and of Union City,
was killed in the fighting in the Solomon Islands in November
[November 1, 1943]. He was attending the University of Arizona
on a scholarship awarded to him when he enlisted in the U.S.
Marines, being attached on request to the Raider's unit. Several
weeks ago he sent a letter home stating that he was expecting
to return to the states soon and would visit his grandmother,
Mrs. Annie Riegel, at Dawn. His brother, George, is in the
ROARK, EARL L. JR.
World War II hero Earl L. "Jack" Roark Jr., 76, of Longview
passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002, at home. Mr. Roark was
preceded in death by his parents, Earl L. Roark Sr. and Nona
Stacy Roark, and one son, Ronald Stacy Roark
Mr. Roark was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Malvern, Ark. His family
moved to Texas when he was 5. He attended school in Gilmer
and White Oak and joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World
War II, serving with the famed Carlson's 4th Marine Raider
Battalion and 6th Marine Division. He carried a Browning automatic
rifle and saw action on Guam and Okinawa. He was wounded in
action several times and received two Purple Hearts. He received
the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in connection with
operations against the Japanese enemy on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu
Islands on April 15, 1945. As a Browning automatic rifleman,
Private 1st Class Roark, acting alone and on his own initiative,
repeatedly charged enemy cave emplacements and machine gun
positions in the face of grenade and sniper fire to bring
his automatic weapon into effective range, thus eliminating
several enemy positions
Private 1st Class Roark courageously placed himself in exposed
positions so he could discover the source of the heavy fire
directed upon his advancing platoon. Spotting these positions,
he remained exposed, directing his fire and receiving return
fire until he silenced the positions. When wounded by enemy
grenade fragments and when out of ammunition, Private Roark
stood by a wounded comrade, offering protection with his own
grenades until the man was evacuated. He refused evacuation
and remained with the company until the accomplishment of
its mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest
traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps
After the war, Mr. Roark worked as a machinist and became
a supervisor at U.S. Industries. He later owned Roark Machining
Co., and he opened Roark Sporting Goods in Ore City when the
Lake O' the Pines was first developed. He owned several farms
and bought and sold real estate, obtaining his broker's license
during that time. He learned to pilot a plane he co-owned
with friends. He was an avid fisherman in the East Texas lakes
and enjoyed deep sea fishing in the Texas Gulf Coast from
Sabine Pass to Port Aransas
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol; one son, Reginald
Stacy Roark, from a previous marriage; two stepchildren, Mark
Buck and Kelli Neel; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Kathryn
Taylor of Redwater; and Nona Jeanne Stansell of Colorado Springs,
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at
Lakeview Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmie Stripland officiating.
Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, at the funeral home
ROBERTS, WILLIAM C.
William was born November 12, 1919 in San Francisco, CA;
passed away May 28, 2008 in Spokane. He earned a BA degree
from the University of California at Berkeley. He served in
World War II and during the Korean War. At the time of his
promotion to full Colonel he was the youngest to receive the
rank. He also served at Guadalcanal. He survived the torpedo
attack of the transport ship USS John Penn and received a
Purple Heart. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Marine
Corps. William was past president of the American Red Cross
Spokane Chapter, a board member of the Spokane Country Club,
member of the U.S. Marine Corp Raider Association and served
on the District committee of National Association of Securities
Dealers, Inc. He enjoyed his flowers and gardening, was an
avid golfer and traveled the world extensively. William is
survived by his daughter, Gina McFarland of Spokane; brother,
Theodore (Nita) Roberts of Honduras; three grandchildren:
Sean McFarland of Spokane, Sara McFarland of Corvallis, Or,
Scotty McFarland of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Virginia B. Roberts; one daughter, Nancy L. Roberts;
parents, William B. and Mary Roberts. A Committal Service
will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross
Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 7200 N. Wall St. with full military
honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane,
PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. Arrangements have been entrusted
to Hennessey/Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, 2203 North
Division, Spokane, WA 99207
ROBERTSON, JAMES K.
Burnsville - James Kenneth Robertson, 89, of Robertson Street
passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home after a lengthy
illness. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late
W. Z. and Sally Lou Banks Robertson. He was also preceded
in death by his wife, Vinita Penland Robertson, his son, Bascom
Dudley Robertson, and his brothers, Merritt and Lee Ray Robertson.
A World War II U.S. Marine Raiders Veteran, he saw conflicts
in the Pacific while serving with the 1st Marine War Dog Platoon,
2nd Marine Raider Regiment
Kenneth was the oldest member of the Burnsville Volunteer
Fire Department, avid outdoorsman, active in the Yancey County
Republican Party and a member of Burnsville First Baptist
Church. He was retired from B.B. Penland and Son Lumber Company
Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Sandra Bell Robertson
of Burnsville and West Union, SC and several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday in the Chapel
of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Richard Muri and
Joe Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in the Robertson
Cemetery at West Burnsville with military graverites conducted
by the U.S. Marine Corps. Pallbearers will be members of the
An hour of quiet prayer and reflections will precede the
service at the funeral home. Friends are welcome to gather
at the home on Robertson Street immediately following the
Memorials may be made to Burnsville VFD, P. O. Box 461, Burnsville,
NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, P. O. Box 1016,
Burnsville, NC 28714
ROBINSON, JESSE W.
ROBINSON, Jesse, age 87 Nashville, June 14, 2008. Preceded
in death by wife, Christine Robinson; brothers, Clark, Owen,
and Clyde Robinson; sister, Mable Johnson. Survived by sons,
Dave (Sylvia) Robinson and Phillip Robinson; grandsons, Jesse,
Jeff, and Scott Robinson; great-grandsons, Zach and Josh Robinson;
brother, Don Robinson; numerous nieces and nephews. Jesse
was in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWII under
the direct command of Colonel Jimmy Roosevelt as a 4th Raider
Battalion/Point Scout and Sniper. The funeral service will
be at 11 am, Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at West Harpeth Funeral
Home. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be
Tuesday, 4-8 pm at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte
Pk. (615) 352-9400
ROCKHOLD, LOYD J.
Loyd J. Rockhold, born in Jonesboro on Aug. 29, 1922, died
peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010,
after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and prostate
cancer. He was a devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, good friend and humanitarian
He moved to Baton Rouge as a teenager and graduated from
Baton Rouge High School in 1939. His studies in civil engineering
at LSU were interrupted by World War II. He proudly served
in the Marine Corps as a master tech sergeant. As one of Carlson's
Raiders, he was stationed in Guam. After the war, he returned
to LSU where he earned his degree in 1947. Throughout his
life, he remained active in the Marine Corps League and served
as League Commandant. He cherished his Marine Corps friends
and their camaraderie
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. He
was a former Sunday school teacher and, at the time he became
ill, was very active working with the homeless. Loyd never
missed a Thursday working at the church's clothes closet.
Though Loyd did not have sons, he was extremely active in
the Boys Scouts of America and served as a scout leader for
many years. He inspired two of his grandsons to become Eagle
Scouts. Loyd was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School
Board, served on the board of the Arthritis Association of
Louisiana and, through Special Children's Foundation (SCF),
provided the initial funding for Camp J.A.M. (Juvenile Arthritis
and Me). Under his direction, SCF supported the Boys Scouts
of America, Special Olympics, USO, Cancer Services of Baton
Rouge, Braveheart Children in Need, The Food Bank, Public
Broadcasting System, the March of Dimes and others
His vocation was civil engineering; his lifelong avocation
was working to improve the lives of children. His vision led
him to establish Special Children's Foundation in 1975, and
he went on to become a well known advocate for people with
developmental disabilities. Through his efforts, the Loyd
J. Rockhold Center for Child Development was established.
His life's work expanded to include all children, not just
those with disabilities. More recently, Special Children's
Foundation, under his direction, partnered with the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette. There he established two chairs
and an endowed professorship as well as being instrumental
in providing initial funding for construction of a building
to house the Center for Child Development. Before his death,
Loyd was able to see the construction in progress for this
building and the renaming of the Center in honor of his close
friend, former State Superintendent of Education Cecil J.
Picard. He was most proud knowing that his work would continue
uninterrupted. As a final gift, he donated his body to the
LSU Medical School
Loyd is survived by his beloved wife, Terry Rockhold; seven
daughters, Sharon Holder, Jan Serignea and husband Ralph,
Gloria Rockhold, Cindy Martrain and husband Dale, Marie Greco
and husband Andy, Sandy Guidry and husband Scot, and Mary
Frances Rockhold; sister, Gladys Chaney Fowler; and former
wife, Manuela Pea Rockhold. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren,
17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and innumerable
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Paula Chavers
Rockhold; mother, Essie; father, George; brothers, Edward,
Raymond, James Alton, Floyd (his twin), and Fred; and sister,
Loyd will be remembered as one who loved and appreciated
the Lord, life, family, and friends. He was a man who walked
on top of the Wall of China, visited Iguazu Falls, camped
out in the Rockies in the snow and won a jitter-bug contest
at age 80. He always said he would rather wear out than rust
out and believed in living life to the fullest while enjoying
every day. He will be missed by many whose lives he enriched,
who called him Loyd, Rock, Grandaddy, Rocky Baby, Poppie,
Papa Rock and Mr. Rock
There will be a memorial service held at First Baptist Church,
529 Convention St., Baton Rouge, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 10
a.m. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date
In lieu of flowers, we know that Rock would want everyone
to go out to dinner and celebrate his life. Those who wish
to may make a donation in his name to First Baptist Church,
the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or a charity of their choice.
ROEBUCK, GERALD E.
Gerald Edward Roebuck, Sr., 86, a resident of Montgomery,
AL died Sunday, October 18, 2009 in a local hospital. Funeral
services will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:00
a.m. from Leak-Memory Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood
Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife of 64
years, Marguerite Roebuck, two sons, Gerald Edward Roebuck,
Jr. (Talwanga)-Denham Springs, LA; Glenn Michael Roebuck-Houston,
TX; three grandchildren, Jennifer Byrd (David)-Eclectic, AL;
Laura Roebuck-Austin, TX; Michael Lee Roebuck-Houston, TX;
two great-grandchildren, Blake Hughes & Tucker Byrd. Mr.
Roebuck was born in Birmingham and enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and served during WW II. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary
heroism while serving as company corpsman with the First Marine
Raider Battalion during an engagement with enemy Japanese
forces on Guadalcanal on the night of September 13 & 14,
1942 and received a Purple Heart for an injury received as
a result of enemy action in the South Pacific Area on October
2, 1942. Upon reenlistment, he served in the U.S. Air Force
and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. After his military
career, he retired from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dalraida United Methodist
Church. Leak-Memory Chapel directing
ROGERS, LLOYD S.
Lloyd Spencer Rogers, 73, of 107 Hunter Ave., Syracuse, died
Friday [November 5, 1993] at the Veterans Administration Medical
Center after a long illness
A native of Carthage, Mr. Rogers moved to Syracuse in 1923.
He served in the Marines in the Asiatic Theater, 1st Marine
Raider Battalion, Co. C. He was a self-employed contractor
and retired in 1978
Surviving are two sons, Jon Paul of Lafayette and Ronald
R. of Marietta; three daughters, Barbara Jean Moses and Teresa
Ann Buck, both of Nedrow, and Rebecca Rose Dornes of Lafayette;
a fiancée, Mary Kavney of Syracuse; a sister; Jennette
Fauler of Baldwinsville; three brothers, Charles of Florida,
Clark of Baldwinsville and Kenneth of West Monroe; 15 grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hall Funeral Home,
6033 Cherry Valley Road, Lafayette. Burial will be in Onondaga
Veterans Cemetery, Syracuse
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home
ROLLINS, ODIS C.
Odis C. "Chet" Rollins, of Sussex, June 21, 2002, age 84
years. Beloved husband of Louise (nee Starke). Loving father
of Mark. Dear brother of Mada Clark. Further survived by other
relatives and friends. Private family services were held.
Chet was a teacher for 29 years and served in the Navy for
10 years as a Chief Pharmacist Mate. Schmidt & Bartelt
A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral & Cremation Service, Sussex
James Roosevelt, a six-term Congressman, former delegate
to the United Nations and eldest son of President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, died yesterday [August 13, 1991] at his
home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 83 years old
Complications from a stroke and Parkinson's disease were
the causes of death, said his son H. Delano Roosevelt
"My little boy, Jimmy," was the way Franklin Roosevelt introduced
his eldest son, then 24 years old and 6 feet 4 inches tall,
to crowds in the 1932 Presidential campaign. The line always
drew a laugh
James Roosevelt's presence at his father's side presaged
his own political ambitions
Soon after graduating from Harvard College in 1930, he attended
Boston University Law School while at the same time earning
as much as $250,000 a year selling insurance. Asked by reporters
if his long-term goals were in law or insurance, he said,
"Neither, it's politics."
James Roosevelt was born in New York City on Dec. 23, 1907,
in the first house his father and mother, Eleanor, had all
to themselves -- a brownstone on 36th Street between Madison
and Park Avenues. He was the second of six children and the
last one surviving
Following family custom, he attended the Groton School, where,
in his father's words, he "did very well in athletics and
leadership, rather poorly in studies."
In 1936, he put aside his business career to campaign for
his father's re-election. He then joined the White House staff
as a $6,000-a-year executive assistant. A year later, he was
appointed a full secretary, acting as a go-between for his
father to the heads of Federal agencies
Although he had gastric ulcers, when the United States entered
World War II, Mr. Roosevelt pulled the strings available to
him to be assigned to combat. He commanded a Marine battalion
in the Gilbert Islands in August 1942 and was awarded the
Navy Cross for saving three men from drowning in heavy surf.
He fought at Guadalcanal and at the second Battle of Midway
and, in 1943, was awarded the Silver Star
After the war, Mr. Roosevelt settled in Beverly Hills, Calif.,
and soon became active in politics. In 1950, he was the Democratic
nominee for governor of California, but lost to the Republican
incumbent, Earl Warren. He was elected to Congress four years
later and represented California's 26th District for the next
Then, in August 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed
him as a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social
Council. Leaves United Nations
Mr. Roosevelt gave up the post in December 1966 and became
president of the International Overseas Services Management
Company. He had touched off criticism earlier that year by
accepting a job on the board of a mutual fund sponsored by
the company. Critics asserted that he was compromising his
United Nations position
Mr. Roosevelt had other brushes with controversy. Some Democrats
never forgave him for the prominent role he played in Democrats
for Nixon in 1972. In 1983, Mr. Roosevelt launched the National
Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, which
describes itself as an advocacy group for the concerns of
the elderly. The organization came under criticism for using
what opponents called scare tactics and mailings to elderly
people that looked like Government correspondence
Mr. Roosevelt married four times. His first marriage, to
Betsey Cushing, ended in divorce in 1940. They had two daughters.
In 1955, divorce ended his second marriage, to Romelle Schneider,
with whom he had a daughter and two sons. He married Gladys
Irene Owens a year later, and the couple had a son. That marriage
ended in September 1969, and a month later Mr. Roosevelt married
Mary Lena Winskill, with whom he had another daughter
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons,
James Jr., Michael and H. Delano, and four daughters, Sara,
Kate, Anne and Rebecca
ROOSEVELT, JAMES H.
Pvt. James Hortin Roosevelt, U.S. Marines, only son of Mr.
and Mrs. James B. Roosevelt of south of Albion, has been killed
in action [July 8, 1943] in the South Pacific area, according
to a message received by his parents Friday and dated at Arlington,
Va., last Thursday, July 29
The message which was signed by T. Holcomb, Lieut. General
and Commandant U.S. Marine Corps reads as follows:
"Deeply regret to inform you that your son Pvt. James
H. Roosevelt, U.S. Marines Corps Reserve, was killed in action
in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country.
To prevent possible aid to our enemies please do not divulge
the name of his ship or station. Present situation necessitates
internment temporarily in the locality where death occurred
and you will be notified accordingly. Please accept my heartfelt
sympathy, Letter follows."
Roosevelt would have been 21 years old next December 9th.
He enlisted December 1st, 1942 and received his boot training
at the Marine base at San Diego, California. He left the United
States for overseas service on April 18. His relatives believe
that he was in New Guinea and his death probably occurred
in the present drive on Munda and Salamaua
Deceased was born in Edwards County and graduated from the
A.C.H.S. in 1941. He was active in sports and popular with
his classmates. Surviving are his parents, and one sister
Miss Maxine, who is employed at the County Welfare office
Pvt. Roosevelt is Edwards County’s fourth casualty in World
War II. Others were Lieut. Charles Richards, Air Corps, killed
in action in the South Pacific; Ralph Kendrick, killed in
an accident in a southern camp and Lieut. Harold Pierce, Air
Corps native of Albion who was killed in the bombing of the
Ruhr dams in Germany
At the little church where he attended Sunday School and
church as a boy, Memorial services were held last Sunday for
James Hortin Roosevelt, who as a member of Company C, First
Raiders’ Battalion, USMC, gave his life at Enogai, New Georgia
Island, last July 8
The wind sighed softly through the big old trees with their
fresh green leaves that surround Olive Congregational Christian
church five miles south of Albion even as a South Seas breeze
was probably softly waving the palms above the military markers
of heroes who sleep at Government Cemetery at Enogai where
he is buried but in the hearts of his family and his boyhood
friends the distance, last Sunday afternoon, did not seem
far. In the hearts of the silent group of friends it seemed
that the happy carefree boy who, as a school mate put it "was
mischievous but smart as a tack" should be somewhere
Realizing that if there were any publicity, the tiny church
would not begin to hold the crowd that would attend the service,
Mr. and Mrs. James Roosevelt had the service announced only
to the congregation, relatives and friends, but the crowd
overflowed the church and into the shaded church lawn
The address was made by the pastor of the dead hero, Rev.
Harry Taylor, himself a War Dad with a boy in overseas service.
Music included two duets, "The Cross Is Not Greater"
and "Be Still My Soul" by Mrs. William Wood and
Mr. Melvin Works
Honorary pall bearers named for the service included Pfc.
Roman Kuyak, and Robert J. Farmer, buddies of young Roosevelt,
Pfc. Leo Frankland, Sgt. Marvin Johnson, A-C Carl M. Jacobs
and John E. Roosevelt, S 2-c, boyhood friends and relatives
ROOT, LAWRENCE M.
FALLBROOK - Lawrence M. Root, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000,
Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Hollywood, he lived in Fallbrook.
He worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring
after 25 years. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine
Corps during World War II with the First Raiders in the Solomon
Islands and Guadalcanal. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic
Church for many years.
Mr. Root is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Root of
Fallbrook; six sons; four daughters; and 15 grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 11,
at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery, with the Rev. Bernie Rapp officiating.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Vincent de
Paul Village, c/o the Rev. Joe Carroll, 3350 E St., San Diego,
Berry-Bell & Hall Mortuary is handling arrangements.
ROSENQUIST, RUDOLPH G.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Rudolf "Rudy" Rosenquist, an artist and
lover of history, and a longtime friend to many of Fairhope's
best-known personalities, died Monday, March 1, 2010. He was
"He was one of the 'old guard,' you might say," said Gina
McMellon, Rosenquist's stepdaughter. "His life story is just
Rosenquist was a highly decorated veteran and "a legend within
the Marine Corps," said Fairhope resident Bill Butterworth,
the best-selling military fiction author behind the pen name
"He's the only man I know who got bayoneted twice and lived,"
said Butterworth, 80
Rosenquist is perhaps best known locally for his artistic
endeavors. He designed the Baldwin County seal, which has
been used by the County Commission for the past 51 years.
He also designed Fairhope High School's pirate mascot, McMellon
Among Rosenquist's friends was iconic Fairhope artist Craig
Sheldon, who died in 1997. They both were in the U.S. Marine
Corps in the Pacific during World War II
Rosenquist was raised in Baldwin County by his grandparents,
Ed and Clara Miller, on the same land where he died Monday,
family members said
In 1942, at the age of 16, he joined the Marine Corps. He
was transferred to the South Pacific, where he signed up with
the U.S. Marine Raiders -- the first special operations unit
to organize and see action in World War II
He was with the 3rd Raider Battalion that went behind enemy
lines during the 1942 campaign on Guadalcanal Island. Rosenquist
told a Press-Register reporter during a 1999 interview. They
killed more than 500 Japanese soldiers while losing just 16
While fighting on the Mariana Islands, Rosenquist was wounded
in the chest and abdomen and carried shrapnel in his legs
his entire life
"A Japanese soldier bayoneted him in the back," said Dean
Mosher, Sheldon's son-in-law, who knew Rosenquist for decades.
"He said that while the soldier was twisting the bayonet around
in his insides, he pulled his .45 out of his belt, aimed behind
him and shot the guy."
Due to his combat injuries, Rosenquist received an honorable
discharge in November 1945. He was awarded two Purple Heart
After returning home, Rosenquist enjoyed a successful career
with the state of Alabama as a revenue officer until he retired
"He was well known throughout the state for his ability to
sneak up and destroy whiskey stills," said Dick Lacey, 82,
a Fairhope lawyer. He said he met Rosenquist shortly after
he moved from Birmingham in 1957
"He had a thing against moonshiners because he felt they
poisoned people. Moonshine contains lead, among other things,"
Butterworth said. "He didn't have anything against alcohol.
But boy those 'shiners hated Rosenquist."
In 1986, Rosenquist founded the U.S. Marine Raider Museum
in Richmond, Va. He and other veterans felt that the Marine
Raiders, a unit that existed from 1942 to 1944 during World
War II, was a page of history that was fading except in the
memories of the 3,600 men who served in its four battalions
Rosenquist had suffered from heart problems and back pain
for many years, McMellon said. He fell down a few weeks ago
and his health quickly declined after that, she said. He was
taken home from the hospital last week
"The last time I saw him, he was in deep pain, I know, and
trying not to show it," Butterworth said. "He was cheerful
to the end. He was always joking."
Rosenquist co-authored "Our Kind of War," a book telling
the story of the Marine Raiders during World War II
In addition to his stepdaughter, Rosenquist is survived by
his wife of 24 years, Marian Boone Rosenquist, and two granddaughters,
all of Fairhope
A "farewell celebration" for Rudy Rosenquist will be held
from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Fairhope Yacht Club
The family suggests that contributions be made to the U.S.
Marine Raider Foundation, in care of Robert A. Buerlein, U.S.
Marine Foundation, 4430 Menokin Road, Richmond, VA 23225
ROSS, HAROLD C., JR.
A funeral will be held today for Harold C. Ross Jr. of Lynn,
owner of M. C. Heald & Co., a package store in that city.
Mr. Ross died Wednesday [April 28, 1993] at Union Hospital
in Lynn after a brief illness. He was 71
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ross was a 1940 graduate of Swampscott
High School. He had lived in Lynn for the past 42 years
Mr. Ross served as a machine gunner with the 6th Division
Marines in World War II and was a member of the Elite 4th
Marine Raiders. Mr. Ross spent 30 months in the Pacific and
fought at Okinawa. He received two Purple Hearts, the Presidential
Citation, a Navy Unit Commendation and the Asiatic-Pacific
Ribbon with six battle stars. Since his father-in-law's death
in 1964, Mr. Ross was owner and operator of M. C. Heald &
Co., founded in 1849 as a soft-drink company. The company
became a package store in the 1950s
Mr. Ross was a member of the Lynn area Chamber of Commerce.
He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, the Marine
Raider Association and the American Legion
He leaves his wife, Barbara J. (Buss); two sons, Robert H.
and Michael, both of Lynn; three daughters, Pamela J. Jackson
of Lynn and Barbara A. Briere and Susan K. Hurley, both of
Sanford, Maine; and four grandchildren
The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Solimine and Rhodes
Funeral Home in Lynn. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery
RUBLE, RAYMOND R.
Raymond R. Ruble of Hainesport died Saturday, October 4th,
2008 at his residence
Mr. Ruble was a lifelong Hainesport resident and a longtime
member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Hainesport, where
he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name
Mr. Ruble proudly served with the United States Marine Corps
in WWII in the South Pacific with the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions
and was a member of "Edson's Raiders." He received the Purple
Heart medal and fought on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands,
Eniwetok and other islands in the South Pacific. He was a
retired vehicle mechanic with U.S. Civil Service and worked
on tanks and armored personnel carriers at Fort Dix
Mr. Ruble was also a former bus driver for Wills Bus Service,
a former policeman in Hainesport and a life member of the
Hainesport Fire Company and also a member of the NJ Exempt
Husband of the late Florence Ruble, Mr. Ruble was deeply
loved by his four daughters, Barbara Ruble of North Bergen,
NJ, Lorraine Stephens and her husband John of Newark, NY,
Renee Rivera and her husband Joe of Lumberton and Cory Spengeman
of Hilton, NY. He is also survived by three granddaughters,
Deanna, Kristin and Mary; a brother, Peter M. Ruble of Hainesport
and two sisters-in-law, Virginia Ruble of Southampton and
Dot Ruble of Lumberton
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October
11th, 2008 at 11 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church,
Marne Highway, Hainesport. Interment will be in Sacred Heart
Cemetery, Hainesport. Friends may call Saturday from 9:30
to 11 AM at the church
Contributions may be made to the Hainesport Fire Company,
Broad Street, Hainesport, NJ 08036
Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly
RUSHING, WINFRED E.
Winfred (Bill) Earl Rushing, age 83, of Aransas Pass, Texas
was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2007
He was born December 6, 1923 in Healdton, Oklahoma to Will
and Nelly Rushing, Grandson of David H. and Nancy Jane Cloer
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Marvin
and Wilbur Rushing and his grandson Joseph (Joe) Earl Rushing
Bill will be greatly missed & lovingly remembered by
his soul mate, life's love and wife of 58 precious years,
Aquila. He is survived by four beloved sons, Jim (Kathy) Rushing
of Redding, California, Paul (Nancy) Rushing of San Antonio,
Texas, David Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Johnny (Rita)
Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas. Also six grandchildren: Tina
Rushing, Jeff Rushing, Courtney (LG) Davis, Connie (Ben) Supnet,
Erica Rushing, and Desiree (Kenny) Howland and seven great-grandchildren
At the young age of 16, Bill joined the United States Army
where he served two years. Then from 1942-1946, he served
in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman in the 2nd
Raider Battalion. Bill was a proud WW II Veteran. He honorably
fought in the Battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and
After serving in the military, Bill worked as a driller in
the oil fields in West Texas. Then in 1963, Bill and his family
moved to Aransas Pass, Texas, which became their home to work
for Storm Drilling Company. Also he was employed with Brown
and Root for 10 years as a Crane Operator. During his retirement
years, Bill occupied his time with numerous entrepreneur endeavors
Bill was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Also, he
was a Charter Member of the Alamine Shrine Temple. In addition,
he was a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite and a member
of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 162. Plus, he was a member
of the Salt Lake Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas where he
enjoyed Christian fellowship
Visitation will be held at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas
Pass, Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 9am to 9pm. Funeral services
will be conducted Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 3pm at Charlie
Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass with Rev. Jim Huffman officiating.
Masonic graveside services will follow at Aransas Memorial
Park Cemetery under the direction of Masonic Lodge 1018 of
RUSK, ARCHIE H.
Archie Howard Rusk, born Feb. 12, 1921, passed away Mar.
Mr. Rusk was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes. He is
survived by one daughter: Susan E. Rusk; two sons: Randy H.
Rusk and Larry D. Rusk; and one granddaughter: Jennifer D.
Funeral Services will be held Tues., Mar.15 2011 at 1:00
p.m. with U.S. Navy honors at Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements
entrusted to Veterans Funeral Services (281) 272-9900
RUSS, ROBERT E.
DOVER — Robert E. Russ, 81, formerly of 3 Hawthorne St.,
Dover, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at St. Ann Home, after
a period of failing health
Born Jan. 6, 1920 in Rollinsford, he was the son of Alfred
and Marion (Johnson) Russ
A veteran, he served in the United States Marine Corps during
World War II in the First Marine Division under Col. Edson,
known as Edson's Raiders
He was employed as an installation foreman with New England
Telephone & Telegraph, retiring after 38 years. He was
a member of the Telephone Pioneers and the Winnipesaukee Lodge
F&AM of Alton and a member of the Alpha Chapter Order
of Eastern Star of Alton
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth (Brown)
Russ; a daughter, Judith Hampe of Hopkinton; a sister, Elizabeth
(Russ) Masek of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and four grandchildren
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday in
Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston with the Rev. Abby Lynn Campbell,
officiating. Those who desire may make donations in his name
to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road,
Dover, NH 03820; or to St. Ann Home Activities Fund, 195 Dover
Point Road, Dover, NH 03820
Arrangements under the direction of the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion
Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover
RUSTVOLD, VERNON E.
Vernon E. Rustvold, 79, of 3013 6th Ave. S., a retired builder
and Marine Corps veteran, died of natural causes on Tuesday
[December 6, 2005] at Peace Hospice
Vernon built about 60 homes in Great Falls including his
own home for his young family at the age of 22. He helped
build the first house for Neighborhood Housing. In later years
he built a family mountain cabin. Many family gatherings were
held there and on cold nights he would recite poems to the
children at bedtime. He was an avid reader and traveled extensively
with his wife. He attended many Marine Corps reunions at Quantico,
Virginia, and revisited his battlegrounds at Okinawa and Guam
Vernon was contacted in 2004, by historian Hugh Ambrose,
son of author Stephen Ambrose, to assist with a documentary
project they were planning regarding Marine Raiders and events
in the South Pacific during WWII. Vern contributed many hours
of interviews helping to bring this story to people for whom
this war was fought
Vernon belongs to the DAV, Veterans of Foreign War, Scout
Sniper Association, Elks Club, Purple Heart Association, Marine
Corps League, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Survivors include his wife Eloise Rustvold of Great Falls;
a daughter, Karin (Howard) Schiffman of Potomac, Md.; sons
Richard Rustvold and Bruce (Marilyn) Rustvold, of Great Falls;
a sister, Sharon (Jim) LePard, of Great Falls; and grandchildren
Andrew Rustvold, Hannah Rustvold, Matt Schiffman, and Rebekah
Vernon was preceded in death by his son Alan Rustvold in
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schnider Funeral Home.
His funeral liturgy is 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and
Paul Catholic Church with burial following in Mount Olivet
Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements
Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice 1101 26th St. S.,
Great Falls, MT 59405; or Sts. Peter and Paul Building Fund,
200 44th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405
RUTIZER, ROY A.
Rutizer, Roy A., age 78 of Tamarac, Florida died Saturday
November 8, 2003
Mr. Rutizer was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida
He was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the U.S.
Marine Corps and eventually became a Marine Raider. After
the war, he became president of the International Marine Raider
Association. Roy maintained active membership in the Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #38
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Faye; three children
Barry of Brooklyn, NY, Howard of Naples, FL, and Cary of West
Palm Beach, FL. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Rachel,
Sasha, Amber, Jamie, Tanya, Nicole, Mark; and one great-grandchild
A graveside service will be held Monday, November 10, 2003,
at the Star of David Funeral Home and Cemetery at 11:15
RYAN, ALFRED J.
Alfred J. Ryan, 90, of Liverpool, passed away Tuesday, April
27, 2010 at the VA Medical Center, after battling Alzheimer's
for several years. He was born on Syracuse's west side; he
was a graduate of Syracuse University. He retired from Acme
Market in Syracuse. He honorably served in WWII with the United
States Marine Corps in the 1st battalion of Edson's Raiders.
He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Beaver Meadows
Golf Club. He was predeceased by wife, Marion, and his son
Patrick. Alfred is survived by his children, Richard Ryan
of Weedsport, Linda Eldred of North Syracuse and Barbara Bennett
of South Carolina; he was a loving grandfather of eight grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be Friday 7 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home, 705
N. Main St., N. Syracuse. Calling hours will be Friday from
4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be
Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt. In lieu of
flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association
of CNY, 441 Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204
RYMER, BARRY S.
SOUTH BEND - Barry S. Rymer, 82, of Alpharetta, Ga., formerly
of South Bend, died Sunday [July 9, 2006] in Atlanta Hospice
of natural causes. Survivors include two sons, Andrew of Alpharetta
and Jeffrey of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Evelyn Pollyea
of Mishawaka; and a brother, Richard of South Bend. Services
will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel,
Mishawaka. There will be no visitation. McGann Hay, Forest
G. Hay Funeral Home, is handling arrangements
SABATELLI, MARIO L.
Mario L. Saatelli, of Farmingdale, died on April 21, 1999.
Husband of the late Helen. Father of Thomas and James (Rosalba).
Grandpa of Jennifer and Jessica. Also survived by two sisters
and one brother. Arrangements were made by the McCourt &
Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian
RC Church. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park.
SACKETT, JACK C.
Jack C. Sackett, 79, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, March
25, 2003 at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Hallstead,
Pa., he came here five years ago from Norwick, N.Y. He was
the police chief with the Norwich Police Department. He was
a Marine Corps veteran and participated in several battles
in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Rotary, the Indian
Iroquois League and the Philatelic Society. He was Protestant.
Survivors include Jeannine; two daughters, Valerie Wood, Cincinnati,
and Colleen Sackett, Oxford, N.Y.; a brother, Edward, Utah;
a sister, Gloria Coffan, New York; several nieces and nephews;
several grand-nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren.
Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring
SADOWSKI, NORBERT C.
Sadowski, Norbert C. Born to eternal life on July 28, 2007,
age 85. Beloved husband of Monica (nee Polewski). Dear father
of Thomas (Betty) and David. Grandfather of Anthony. Further
survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Wednesday, August 1 at 10AM at St. Helen Church, 3329
S. 10th St. Private interment St. Adalbert Cemetery. In state
Wednesday at Church after 9AM. Joseph E. Sass 1019 W. Oklahoma
SARVIA, ANTHONY M.
COVENTRY--Anthony M. Sarvia, age 85, died Saturday [June
23, 2007] at home. For sixty-three years he was the beloved
husband of T. Alberta Bunny (Clements) Sarvia.
Born in Taunton, MA, a son of the late Manuel and Lucy (Mello)
Sarvia, he had lived in Coventry for forty-eight years.
He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War
He was the owner of Sarvia Electrical Motors for fifteen
years before retiring in 1987, previously working as an electrical
maintenance worker at Quonset Point Naval Air Station.
He was a member of St. Matthias Church, Coventry, RI and
a past member of the Bishop's Committee. As a Mason, he was
a member of Ionic Lodge 28 F&AM in Greene, Scottish Rite
Valley of Providence, Swords of Bunker Hill and the Rhode
Island Shriners where, as a member of the Clown Unit, he was
known as "Uncle Tony". He also was a member of Martha Chapter
OES and Mauricepion Chapter 17 DAV.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Candace
Manocchio of Vassalboro, ME and Tonia Ann Perra of Coventry,
one son Kenneth M. Sarvia of West Warwick, six grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late
Friends may call at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East
Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, Monday 5-8 PM with a Masonic
Memorial Service at 7:30 PM. Funeral service in St. Matthias
Church, Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry, Tuesday at 10 AM. Burial,
with military honors, will be in the Rhode Island Veterans
Should friends desire memorial gifts made to the Shriner’s
Childrens Hospital or to the Church Memorial Fund would be
SAVAGE, ALLEN L.
TRAVERSE CITY - Allen L. "Bud" Savage, 74, of Traverse City,
died Friday, August 13, 1999, at his daughter's home.
Born June 4, 1925, in Central Lake, he was the son of Clair
and Helen (Hunt) Savage. On Jan. 7, 1946, he married Margaret
Winowiecki at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Isadore.
Bud - as he was affectionately known by his friends, was
a 1943 graduate of Traverse City Central High School where
he was co-captain of the Trojan football team. His team won
the state championship in 1943.
Bud enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as soon as he graduated
from high school. He excelled in boot camp and was assigned
to the elite Marine Raiders, the forerunner of the special
forces. He served in the South Pacific during World War II
and also served in Korea and for three tours of duty in Vietnam.
He was affectionately known as "Doc" to his Marine friends.
Bud retired as a first sergeant after 29 years of service
with the U.S. Marines. At the age of 65, when the Gulf War
broke out, Bud went straight to the Marine recruiting office
and begged to get in that war. But the Marine recruiter thanked
him for the hitch he had served and assured him that they
could handle things from there. A very patriotic man, he often
helped place flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day,
an important event in his life. Bud was a member of Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post No. 2780 in Traverse City.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Linda (Leonard)
Ritola, and a sister, Vivien (Win) Edwards - all of Traverse
City. Survivors also include six grandchildren, DiAnna (Steve)
Ritola-Schow of Vermont; Nancee Ritola of North Carolina,
and Andrew, Mary, Joseph and Brenden Ritola - all of Traverse
City; a great-granddaughter, Mira Ruth; his mother-in-law,
Bertha Winowiecki of Traverse City; and many brothers- and
sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bud left behind
some very dear friends in Bard, Calif., Dallas, Texas, and
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beth,
and a brother, James.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment
will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with full military
Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or Mass Intentions.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
of Traverse City.
SCHAAP, WARNE N.
Warne N. Schaap Sr., 76, passed away Saturday morning Oct.
2, 1999 at home in Yakima. He was born Dec. 26, 1922 in St.
Paul, Minnesota, the son of Rev. J. O. Schaap and Grace (Nelson)
Warne enlisted in the Navy December of 1940 and was assigned
to the Marines as a corpsman serving with the Carlson’s Raiders.
After the service, he received his degree from Notre Dame
in June of 1947. Upon graduation he taught school in Craigmont,
Idaho. Following that, he spent four years with Upjohn and
three years with Ciba in the pharmaceutical industry. He then
went to work in Nampa, Idaho, as a hospital administrator.
In 1962, he moved to Ellensburg to oversee the construction
of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital and to assume the position
of administrator for 18 years. Warne was also instrumental
in developing the ambulance service that is now in Ellensburg.
Clubs and organizations that he was affiliated with are the
Ellensburg Elks, Yakima Elks and Country Club, Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post #379, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of
Idaho, Yakima York Rite Council #12, member Afifi Shrine Temple
in Tacoma, Royal Order of Jesters, and served eight years
on the Board of Directors for the Shriners Hospital for Children
in Spokane and a member of the Englewood Christian Church.
Warne, as most know, was a very avid golfer. Along with his
career eight holes in one, he "shot his age" several
times over the past few years.
Surviving family members include his wife Lois (Bemis) Schaap
of Yakima; daughter, Sandi (Bill) Nelson of Granger, Ind.;
son, Warne Jr. (Ina) of Selah; daughter, Linda (Pat) Clerf
of Ellensburg; daughter, Stacey (Cliff) Day of Anchorage;
step-sons, Ron Bemis and Greg (Pati) Bemis of Yakima; brothers,
Gordon (Louella) Schaap of Loveland, Colo. and Roger (Janette)
Schaap of Garden City, Idaho; former wife, Gwen Axell of Yakima
and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and
A memorial service will be held at Englewood Christian Church,
Englewood and 44th Ave. on Tuesday Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. If desired,
memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for
Children care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home.
SCHIMSCHA, FRANCIS J.
Francis J. (Schim) Schimscha, 85, of Waukegan, passed away
Friday, July 5, 2002 in Chicago, IL. He was born May 3, 1917
in St. Paul, MN and was a member of Immaculate Conception
Church and the Moose Lodge #706. He was the former owner of
Schim and Eddy's Tavern, secretary and treasure of Bartenders
and Waitresses Union, served 3 years in the Canadian Air Force
as a pilot and 5 years in the Marine Corps as a Raider during
World War II. Survivors include his nephew Gerald (Janet)
Fraser of Hayward, WI; special friends Thomas Holmgran of
Waukegan, Robert Reinbach of Bocaraton, FL and a host of nieces,
nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his lifelong companion Gerri
Hembrook, 3 siblings Pauline, Otto and Cathrine.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July
9, 2002 at North Shore Garden of Memories with burial following
Funeral arrangements under the care of Marsh Funeral Home
(847) 336-0127. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
the National Cancer Society.
SCHMIDT, LEOPOLD J.
Leopold Joseph Schmidt, 82, devoted husband, loving father,
grandfather and great-grandfather, died Tuesday, Nov. 21,
2006, at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, surrounded by his
Mr. Schmidt was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Thomas, Okla., to
Leopold Joseph Schmidt Sr. and Mary Frances Davis.
Mr. Schmidt was a proudly decorated Marine Raider during
World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married Roberta June
Kerr in Dalhart, Texas, on Feb. 8, 1946. They resided in Dalhart
where Mr. Schmidt was a successful businessman and farmer.
He and his wife retired in 1976 and made their home in Kerrville
until the year 2005, when they moved to Denton to be closer
to their family. He was an extremely dedicated, loving and
devoted husband. He taught his family the meaning of love
and devotion by the way he lived his life. He was always immediately
available when anyone in his family needed him. His dry sense
of humor will be remembered by all who knew him.
Mr. Schmidt is preceded in death by his parents; a half-sister,
Carolyn Schmidt; and great-grandchild, Dusty Fowler. He is
survived by two daughters, Bonnie S. Wallace and Vickie L.
Coffey; sons-in-law, Rick Wallace and Dan Coffey; six grandchildren,
Marsha Kay Fowler, Douglas J. Fowler, Vickie Ann Parker, Tommie
Jo Mikuska, Amanda Marie Coffey and Callie Denise Coffey;
eight great-grandchildren, D.J. Fowler, Brittany Fowler, Vanessa
Fowler, Ashley Maib, Bailey Kennemer, Billy Jo Fowler, Brianna
Fowler and Michael Fowler; brother; Martin Schmidt; sister;
Lottie Robinson; and stepbrothers; Merten Christenson and
A private memorial service will be held at Goen-Hudgens Funeral
SCHWULST, ROY H.
Schwulst Roy H. 'Hoagie' Jan. 29 2002 age 80 years. Brother
of Roland (Mildred) Schwulst of CO. Former husband of Mary
Schwulst of AZ. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends. Memorial. Services Sat. Feb. 2nd 11.39
AM at the Funeral Home. Roy served our country as a proud
Marine during WWII and was a retiree of American Industrial.
SCIANGULA, SALVATORE M.
MR. SCIANGULA, Griffin Avenue, Lady Lake, died Thursday,
Jan. 8 . He was a construction worker. Born in Rochester,
N.Y., he moved to Central Florida in 1977. He was a member
of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake. He was a member
of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a Marine Corps veteran
of World War II. Survivors: daughters, Susan O'Hara, Weirsdale,
Laurie, Lady Lake; brother, Joseph Sciangula Sands, Buffalo,
N.Y.; sister, Patricia J. Hollenbeck, Buffalo; three grandchildren;
one great-grandchild. Page-Theus-Blanchard Funeral Home, Leesburg.
SEAMAN, ROBERT G.
BEARDSTOWN - Robert G. Seaman, 82, of Beardstown died Thursday,
Oct. 13, 2005, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
He was born June 18, 1923, in Beardstown, the son of Glen
and Agnes Irene Goff Seaman. He married Fredda Hardwick in
1949 in Beardstown.
Mr. Seaman graduated from Beardstown High School in 1941.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Marine Raider
from 1943 to 1947. He received a Purple Heart for his participation
in the capture of Bougainville. He worked for Schultz, Baujan
Mill and retired from Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown as a bookkeeper.
He was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church, Guthrie-Pierce
VFW Post 1239 and BPO Elks Lodge 1007, all in Beardstown,
the American Legion Post in Rushville and the U.S. Raider
Survivors: wife, Fredda; and several cousins.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Alexius Catholic Church,
Beardstown, the Rev. Eugene Weitzel officiating. Burial: Beardstown
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.
SEBASTIANELLI, EVO J.
Evo J. Sebastianelli, 77, of Farmington died Tuesday, October
2, 2001 at his home. Born in 1923 in Elk, PA, he was the beloved
husband of Florence (Wichrowski) Sebastianelli for 56 years.
They lived in Farmington for 48 years and were residents of
New Britain prior to moving to Farmington. Along with his
wife, he leaves his daughter, Sandra and her husband, Brian
Alters of Montreal, Quebec; and his daughter, Mary and her
husband, Mark Klebig of San Antonio, TX. He also leaves two
grandchildren, Marc Gottfried of St. Louis, MO, and Terryl
Robison of College Station, TX; a sister, Rita Battista of
New Britain; a sister, Claire and her husband, Stanley Wolff
of New Britain; and a brother, Robert and his wife, Betsy
Sebastianelli of East Granby: a brother-in-law, Joseph Wichrowski
of Plainville; a brother-in-law, Victor Cieszynski of Windsor;
and a sister-in-law, Josie Wichrowski of Plantsville; and
numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother,
Leo. A veteran of World War II, Evo served in the South Pacific
on Emirau Island, Guam, Marianas Island, and Guadualcanal.
A well-known and highly respected jeweler and master craftsman
in watch repairing, Evo opened his first store, Watch Repair
Center, in New Britain on Myrtle Street in the early 1950s.
During that time, he received a commendation from the State
Department of Education for his outstanding training of several
physically handicapped persons in watch repairing for the
Connecticut State Rehabilitation Service. He moved his store
to West Hartford, opening Sebastian Jewelers at Corbins Corner
and later an adjoining store, Rings 'n Things. In the late
1970s, Evo retired and worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross,
but his retirement was short lived. He then opened Sebastianelli
Jewelers in the Wethersfield Shopping Center, retiring permanently
in the late 1980s. During his retirement, he was an avid deep-sea
fisherman, enjoying frequent trips on the MIJOY, trolling
the waters of Long Island Sound off the coast of Niantic.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at the New
Britain Memorial Funeral Home on 444 Farmington Avenue, New
Britain. Relatives and friends are invited to gather Saturday
at 11 a.m. at the funeral home for a procession to St. Patrick's
Church, Main Street, Farmington where a mass will be celebrated
at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory
may be made to the VNA Health Care HOPE Unit, 103 Woodland
Street, Hartford, CT 06105 or to the American Cancer Society.
SEGRAVES, JOE L.
MASCOTTE, Fla. — Joe L. Segraves, formerly of Jacksonville,
died March 8  at his home in Mascotte, Fla.
Mr. Segraves was born Sept. 15, 1921 to the late Charles
and Eslie Brown Segraves. He entered the Marine Corps in 1940
and served with the elite 1st Marine Division Raiders Battalion
in the Tulagi/Guadalcanal invasion. The Purple Heart was awarded
to Mr. Segraves in recognition of meritorious duty and wounds
suffered in battle. He retired from the Corps after 21 years,
settling in Jacksonville with his family.
Mr. Segraves’ second career retirement came in 1982 after
20 years of Civil Service as a firefighter at Camp Lejeune.
He held the rank of captain.
Funeral services were held on March 12 in Clermont, Fla.
Interment with full military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps
followed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Survivors include Joseph Segraves Jr. (Jody) and his wife,
Ann of Jacksonville; Chris Segraves and wife, Ellen of Evans,
Ga.; Valerie Segraves of Atlanta; and three grandchildren,
Lauren and Kelly Segraves of Evans, Ga. and Damon Segraves
SENO, FRANK J.
Frank John Seno [March 27, 2004] was born March 11, 1918
in Woodland, California. He graduated from Woodland High School
in 1936 and entered the Marine Corps in 1940 where he attained
the rank of Staff Sergeant. He saw action with Carlson's Raiders
at Midway, Guadalcanal, Puruata and Bougainville. After the
war he moved to Odessa, Texas where he became President of
the Odessa Junior Chamber of Commerce. While there he became
active in the Permian Playhouse and was awarded best supporting
actor for his role in Mr. Roberts. He moved to Modesto where
he became a charter member of the S.O.S. Club, serving on
the Board of Directors for a number of years where he instigated
and was general Chairman of the Celebrity Invitational Golf
Tournament in 1966 and 1967. John and his wife Betty moved
to Hawaii in 1968 and then to Fiji in 1970. While there, they
traveled extensively in the South Pacific, the Orient and
Europe, before moving back to California in 1972. He spent
32 years in Real Estate, was a member of the Elks, the Marine
Raiders Association and the American Legion, serving as Commander
of the Auburn Post. An avid golfer, he made 3 hole-in-ones
in the 40 plus years he played the game.
He is survived by his wife Betty Seno, daughter Terri Tedford
of Odessa, Texas, sons Robert of Ennis, Montana, and Tony
of Ruidoso, N.M., stepdaughters Janet McCormick of Modesto,
Ca., Pat Kaulukukui of Seaside, Ca., 10 grandchildren, 10
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by 1 brother, 3 sisters and 1 nephew.
A memorial service will held at 12:00 noon, Friday, April
2, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto
with refreshments to follow. Internment and Marine Honor Guard
will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m. Remembrances
may be made to Community Hospice, Inc., 601 McHenry Avenue,
Modesto or the American Legion, Modesto Post #74, 1001 S.
Santa Cruz, Modesto, Ca. 95353.
SERRAL, FREDERICK A.
Frederick A. Serral, 84, of Old Indian Trail, died Saturday
[August 19, 2006].
Mr. Serral was president of The Austin Co. from March 1980
until July 1989, and later served as chairman of the executive
He was born in Ambler, Pa., on April 30, 1922. After graduation
from Ambler High School in 1940, he joined the U.S. Marine
During World War II, he was part of an elite group of Marines
known as "Edson's Raiders" who were lightly armed and trained
to "hit and run." He was later part of the 5th Marine Division.
Mr. Serral saw action on Tulagi, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, Tarawa
and other areas of fierce fighting in the Pacific, later serving
as a repatriation officer in Japan after the war's end. He
completed his service career in 1946 and was discharged as
a staff sergeant.
Because of his war-time friendship with Robert C. Austin,
he visited Greeneville in 1947 and decided to stay and attend
Tusculum College, working at The Austin Co. during the burley
tobacco season. He eventually became a buyer for the company.
Later, he was vice president in charge of the company's Far
Eastern operation before being named president in 1980.
Mr. Serral was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist
Church and a charter member of Link Hills Country Club.
"He was a very generous man who supported local and national
causes that he believed in," his family noted.
"Freddie, as he was known to his friends and family, loved
music and enjoyed dancing, singing, and playing his harmonica,
which he usually carried in his pocket. He always enjoyed
the company of fellow Marines," the family stated.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years: Barbara Elliott Serral;
a daughter: Amie Serral Moyer and her husband, Andrew, of
Dallas, Texas; two sons: Fred H. Serral of Ravenel, S.C.,
and Elliott A. Serral of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four grandchildren:
Betsy Serral and Lilli Serral, both of Hilton Head, S.C.,
and Drew Moyer and Will Moyer, both of Dallas; a sister: Tessa
Capitano; several nieces and nephews, including a special
niece: Sylvia Grella of Landsdale, Pa.; and several great-nieces
He was a son of the late Anthony and Lydia Saylor Serral
and was preceded in death by a sister: Elizabeth Niblock.
There will be no formal visitation. A celebration of Mr.
Serral's life will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon
in the sanctuary of Asbury UM Church. Friends are invited
to greet the family in the fellowship hall of the church following
Interment in GreeneLawn Memory Gardens will be private. The
Rev. Julian Walton and the Rev. Brad Hyde will officiate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hans Andersen, Frank Jennings,
Harro Kirchoff, Sam Calvert, Nat Coleman, Wylie Milligan,
Tom Austin, Bud Inman, Stan Puckett, Steve Ottinger, and special
caregivers: Dr. Thomas Beckner, Dr. Mandeep Bakshi, and the
nurses and staff of Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Laughlin
Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the renovation fund
or the organ fund at Asbury UM Church, or to the Marine Corps
Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 998, Quantico, VA 22134-0998.
SETESCAK, GEORGE J.
George J. Setescak, age 85, a longtime Redding resident,
died Monday, February 11, 2008 at Ashlar of Newtown after
a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was the beloved
husband of Lucille Greene Setescak for 61 years. Born in Jersey
City, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Setescak.
Mr. Setescak served six and a half years in the U.S. Marine
Corps. He helped form the first Marine Raider Battalion under
Colonel Edson and later joined the Second Marine Raiders under
Colonel Carlson. His unit received two citations, one from
President Roosevelt and one from General Major Vandergrift
for the unit's consummate skill displayed in the conduct of
operation, and the stamina and fortitude displayed at Midway
Island. After the Marine Corps, Mr. Setescak worked numerous
tough and interesting jobs as a longshoreman, digging the
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and announced later he wanted to
be an Aeronautical Engineer. He received an Associate’s degree
from Stewart Institute of Aeronautics. He graduated from Stevens
Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. in three years and
was hired immediately by Sikorsky Aircraft and was employed
for 36 years as a weight engineer. He received many honors
for his work. He also engaged in ballroom dancing with his
lovely wife for many years. Survivors in addition to his wife
include his sons, Jeffrey and Scott; his daughter, June; his
sister, Mary; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Three brothers and a sister predeceased him. Funeral services
will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. directly in St. Patrick's
Church, 169 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding with a Mass of Christian
Burial. Interment with full military honors will follow in
Redding Ridge Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements
by the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham
SEWELL, CHARLES R.
Charles Russell Sewell, 90, of Glendale, Arizona passed away
December 16, 2003. Charles joined the Marines in 1937. He
served in WWII and was very highly decorated. He was in the
Marines for 30 years and retired in 1967 as a Master Sergeant.
He married his beautiful, wife, Patty, on February 21, 1942.
They enjoyed a wonderful life together. They especially enjoyed
traveling and spending time with their many friends. After
his retirement from the Marines he worked for Raytheon, general
Dynamics and Rockwell International. In his early retirement
years he kept busy with many hobbies such as ham radio operation,
jewelry making, and learning to play the organ. He was a member
of Point Loma Masonic Lodge #620 F&AM in San Diego, CA.
Charlie was a gentle giant who touched the lives of all who
came in contact with him. He spread joy and laughter and love
throughout his life. Though he had no children of his own,
his kindness and wonderful smile was a magnet to all children
and became a surrogate grandpa to all his special little friends.
He is survived by his sister, Grace Maxine Tucker, his niece
and nephew, Linda Aymon and David Tucker and his very special
"granddaughter", Tara Babcock. There will be a memorial service
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 4:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel,
6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria. Interment will be held at
a later date at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego,
CA with full military honors.
SEYMER, HARRY R. R.
Harry R. Seymer, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, December
28, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander, WI, following
a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on August 5,
1920 in the Township of Caledonia, the son of Dr. Harry F.
and Alma (Matthes) Seymer. Harry was raised on the family
homestead in Oak Creek and graduated from South Milwaukee
High School with the Class of 1938. He then attended the Milwaukee
School of Engineering where he earned a degree in electrical
engineering before entering the service. He enlisted in the
U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served in World War II with
the 1st Division of Edson's Raiders stationed in the South
Pacific. A highly decorated Veteran, Harry was seriously wounded
in combat during the battle of New Georgia and returned to
the states. On December 11, 1943, he was united in marriage
to Dorothy B. Lynch at St. John's Lutheran Church in Oak Creek
and together they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993.
Harry was employed for a number of years as a draftsman with
the Heil Co. until passing his civil service test. For 27
years, he worked for the Department of Defense as a contract
administrator until his retirement in 1976. While living in
Milwaukee and raising his family, Harry was very active with
the Boy Scouts of America. He was a cubmaster, scoutmaster,
and explorer advisor and served in other capacities for over
20 years. Harry was a member of Jackson Park Ev. Lutheran
Church where he was council president, treasurer, usher, and
always a volunteer when help was needed. Upon his retirement,
Harry and Dorothy had their lake home built where they have
resided ever since. In his retirement, Harry traveled extensively
throughout the states. For many years, he spent time with
fellow Marines at Quantico, Virginia for their annual reunion
where Harry presided over ceremonies as Marine Corps Chaplain
for Edson's Raiders. He was a life member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Post #10284 in Three Lakes, a life member
of the National Rifle Association, and past member of the
Three Lakes Lions Club. He was a member of Grace Lutheran
Church in Three Lakes. Harry was a loving and devoted husband,
father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly
missed and in our hearts forever. Survivors include his wife
of 56 years, Dorothy; his three children; Sandra (Frank) BIrr,
Two Rivers; Harry M. Seymer, III (fiancé Amy Stevens),
Three Lakes; Mark D. (Laura) Seymer, New London; eight grandchildren;
Christopher (Rachelle) Andersen, Jennifer Andersen, Harry
L. Seymer, IV (special friend Jessica Jones), Cassie Seymer,
Sara Seymer, Josie Seymer, Alicia Birr, and Marc Birr; and
great-grandchild Skye Seymer; his sister Luelle Hovie, West
Allis and her family; Kim Hovie, Guy Hovie, Ned (Ellen) Hovie
and cousin Russell (Judy) Matthes, South Milwaukee. He is
further survived by other relatives and many friends. Preceding
him in death were his parents and two brothers-in-law; Everett
Hovie and Edwin Lynch. Funeral services will be held at 7:00
P.M. on Sunday, January 2, 2000 at the Gaffney-Busha Funeral
Home in Eagle River with Rev. William J. Trosien officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 P.M.
until the hour of services. Funeral services in Milwaukee
will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 3, 2000 at the
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 5050 W. Vliet St. with
Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld officiating. Friends may call at
the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 P.M. until the hour of
services. Interment with full military rites will be held
in Arlington Park Cemetery in Milwaukee on Tuesday, January
SHAMPANSKY, NORMAN R.
Norman Robert Shampansky "Bob", age 86, of North Wilmington,
DE, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2009. He was the husband
of the late Helen Hitchens Shampansky.
Born in Lock Haven, PA, Bob was the son of the late Marty
and Edith Zimmerman Shampansky. He was a WWII veteran of the
U.S. Marines and a member of the Elks Lock Haven Lodge. He
was employed by Sears on Market St. for 22 years as a salesman.
He then joined his wife working at the Campus Casino Bar and
Grill in Chester, PA.
Bob is survived by his son, Wayne Aston and his wife Bernadette;
sister, Phyllis Cohen; grandchildren, Staci Trimarco and her
husband Richard, Wayne R. Aston and his wife Kelley, Charles
Smutz and his wife Laura, Laurel Steinberg and her husband
Jeffrey, Daniel Smutz and his wife Karen; 9 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service
at 11 am, on Thursday, March 19, at Beeson Funeral Home, 412
Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809. The viewing will
start at 10 am in the funeral home prior to the service. Interment
will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA.
Beeson Funeral Home of Wilmington, "A Grieco Family Funeral
SHAWLEE, RALPH F.
Ralph F. Shawlee, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999.
Mass of Christian burial was held in December. Burial was
in New Auburn Cemetery with military honors.
Shawlee was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Havre, to Jim and Rose
Shawlee. He grew up in Havre. He joined the United States
Marine Corps in 1942, and became a member of the famed Carlson's
Raiders. With the Raiders, he participated in the battles
of Midway, Guadalcanal and Bougainville. With the Fifth Marine
Division, he took part in the battle of Iwo Jima. He witnessed
the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. He was awarded the Presidential
Unit Citation during his service in the Solomon Islands and
the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on Iwo Jima.
He graduated from the University of Denver, and spent the
greater part of his career as financial management officer
for NASA at Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. He moved
to Auburn, Calif., in 1990.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jean Smithson of Hogeland;
sons, Mike Shawlee of Santa Rosa, Calif., Rick Shawlee of
Los Gatos, Calif.; a daughter, Randi Alonzo of Meadow Vista,
Calif.; brothers, Hal Shawlee of Los Angeles, Calif., and
Keith (Noel) Shawlee of Bellevue, Wash.; and six grandchildren.
SHEEHAN, WILLIAM J., JR.
SHEEHAN William J., 90, of Monroe Township, died Friday,
March 18, 2011, at Meadow Lakes Center in Hightstown. Born
April 30, 1920, William owned his own construction company,
Sheehan Construction and was a Tax Assessor for the Borough
of Emerson and several other NJ municipalities. Mr. Sheehan
was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the famed
1st Marine Raider Battalion. He was wounded in the battle
of Guadalcanal for which he received a Purple Heart. He was
a member of American Legion Post 266 in Emerson and was a
long time member of the Church of the Assumption in Emerson
where he was active in the Holy Name Society. He was proud
of the fact that his hobbies were his grandchildren and a
home in Roscoe, NY. Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Mae
C Sheehan, five children, Carolyn A Sheehan, Hamilton; Patricia
E Bentley, Haddonfield; Kathleen M Sheehan-Fiorillo, Skillman;
William K Sheehan, Richmond VA; and Nancy M. Sheehan, Cranbury.
William is also survived by five grandchildren, Jean Bentley,
Ann Bentley, Matthew Fiorillo, Gabrielle Fiorillo, Sophia
Sheehan and one step-grandson, Jordan Thompson. Mass of Christian
Burial will take place 9:30 AM, on Tuesday at Nativity of
Our Lord R.C. Church, 185 Applegarth Road, Monroe Twp. NJ
08831. Burial with full military honors will be held at Brig.
General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown,
at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are
under the direction of the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home,
202 Stockton Street, Hightstown.
SHERWOOD, HOMER W.
Homer Woody Warren Sherwood, 80, of Medford, died Saturday,
Oct. 19, 2002 at Three Fountains Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center, Medford. No service is planned. Inurnment will be
at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Raider Association,
c/o Jack Dornan, 704 Cooper Court, Arlington, TX 76011.
He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Hallam, Neb., to Herman and
Viola Sherwood. On Sept. 26, 1967, in Las Vegas, he married
Ruth Jean Peterson, who survives. They moved to the Rogue
Valley in 1978 from Inglewood, Calif.
Mr. Sherwood was an engineer and the director of quality
control for Northrop in Hawthorne, Calif., for 29 years.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940
Mr. Sherwood was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Steelhead Post in Shady Cove, Hawthorne Masonic Lodge F.M.
and A.M. in Hawthorne, Calif., and was past president of the
Marine Raider Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Neil
Skip Sherwood, Hawthorne, Calif., Edward Roberts, Eagle Point,
and Scott Roberts, Gardena, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Purnell,
Medford; three brothers, Barton, Houston, Roland, Wheatland,
Wyo., and Jim, Newberg; three sisters, Ruth Robbins, Wheatland,
Wyo., Betty Carey, Lander, Wyo., and Shirley Harrison, Hudson,
Colo.; and nine grandchildren.
Arrangements: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford.
SHIFFLETT, MARTIN L.
Martin L. Shifflett, 48, of 814 Muhlenberg St., died [November
1966] in the Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient
since Nov. 13. Born in Bunker Hill, W. Va., he was a son of
the late Ephriam and Mary (Clift) Shifflet. A U.S. Marine
Corps veteran of World War II, he was employed for 15 years
at the Parish Pressed Steel Division of the Dana Corp. A member
of the East End Athletic Assn., he is survived by his widow,
Ardelle M (Deisher) Shifflett; two sons, martin L. Jr., and
Jerry R., and a daughter, Sharon A. all at home. Four sisters;
Anna may, wife of Richard Grey, and Fern L., wife of Richard
Krzak, both of Reading; Dorothy E. wife of Charles Sheetz,
Lebanon, and Edith V., wife of jerry Musser, San Antonio,
Texas and two brothers, Charles W. Birdsboro and Robert F.
Graterford, Montgomery County. Services will be held tomorrow
at 11 a.m. in the Cramp Funeral Home, the Rev. Lester C. Updegrove
SHIRLEY, LESTER E.
Lester E. Shirley, aged 89 was called home to his lord to
join his beloved wife of 67 years, Lillian on Sunday December
11, 2011. He was preceded in death by Lillian, his parents
Jack and Leona Shirley and his sister Juanita Carter. He was
a Marine who proudly served his country in the Pacific Front
as a member of Roosevelt's Raiders. He was a charter member
of VFW Post 4149 in Midland. He was a faithful, active member
of St. Mark's United Methodist Church since 1954. He worked
as a refrigeration and microwave repair technician at Merriman
Appliance for 20 years. He and Lillian loved to fish and camp
out in their R.V. and wintered in Arizona for many years.
He was a loving, exceptional father and wonderful granddad
and great-grandfather called "Pa-Pa" much loved by all. He
is survived by his daughters Linda James and husband Gary
of Adrian Texas, daughter Evelyn and Charlie Corbett of Big
Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Mike James of Sydney Australia,
Thomas James and wife Charla of Amarillo, Texas, Buddy Chancellor
of Bemidji, Minnesota, Dawn Blashill of Minnesota; 4 great-grandchildren
David, Kendra and Derrick Vigil of Minnesota, Kolby Chancellor
of Colorado; and four great-great-grandchildren Elizabeth,
Serinity and Jeremia Vigil of Minnesota and Chloe James of
Amarillo, Texas. The family request memorials be made to Hospice
of Midland (P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702) or to the
charity of your choice in his name. Graveside service will
be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00pm at Resthaven
Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December
14, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home.
SIHLER, ADOLPH, JR.
Mr. Sihler, 89, of Freehold, died May 12, 2010, at CentraState
Medical Center, Freehold Township. He fought for his country
in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine Raiders,
an elite World War II unit, for which he was awarded the Purple
Heart for his courage during the Battle of Okinawa. He was
predeceased by his wife, Jane, in 2005. Surviving are a son
and daughter-in-law, Robert and Ann Jaedicke of Fairfax, Va.;
and three daughters and a son-in-law, Gail Fivek of Brick,
Nancy and Dr. Wayne Muck of Millstone, and Lorane Stitcher
of Howell. A funeral service was held at the Freeman Funeral
Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery,
Freehold Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting
Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 141 Bodman Place, Red
Bank, NJ 07701-9978.
SIMMONS, GEORGE A.
George A. Simmons, 76, of Windsor, passed away peacefully,
Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in the presence of his loving
family. He was a loving, wonderful, caring husband, father
and grandfather who will be greatly missed. George was born
in Windsor, August 31, 1923, son of the late James and Veronica
Simmons. He was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, attaining
the rank of corporal. He was assigned to "Edson's Raiders"
and saw action at Guadalcanal and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 4740 and the American Legion
Post No. 0200. He was a contractor/builder in the Windsor
area for many years and was a member of the Church of the
Living God. In addition to his loving wife, Gloria (Lanz)
Schambach Simmons, he leaves his children and their spouses,
George and Sandra Simmons of Newington; Hunter and Sarah Simmons
of Tolland; Sandra (Simmons) Carlin of New Britain; John Carlin
of Newington; Darleen and Alan Humphries of Vernon; JodiAnn
and Tyler Champ of Manchester; Jeffrey and Lisa Schambach
of Vernon; and Douglas and Donna Schambach of Port Richey,
FL; his sisters. Augusta Zalenski of Windsor; and Ida Durkee
of New Jersey; his grandchildren, Taylor, Thomas and Ryan
Simmons, John, Matthew and Melissa Carlin, Bridgette and Bryce
Humphries, and Brett, Brandon and Cassandra Schambach; and
several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son,
Sanford. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb.19,
3 p.m. in the Church of the Living God, with the Rev. David
W. Mullen, officiating. Burial will be private in St. Joseph
Cemetery, Windsor. There are no calling hours. In the interest
of furthering medical science, George requested that his remains
be donated to the UCONN Health Center. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to Church of the Living God
Building Fund, 199 Deming St., Manchester, CT 06040 or to
American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492-7522.
SIMON, GEORGE P., JR.
George Preston Simon Jr., 92, a former resident of Perry
County for 35 years and currently of Chapel Pointe, Carlisle,
PA died on Monday, October 24, 2011 in the Carlisle Regional
Medical Center. He was born on April 14, 1919 in Mt. Jewett,
PA (McKean County) to the late George P. and Bertha Rathburn
George retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Ship Parts Control
Center. He was a WWII Marine Corps Veteran, earning the rank
of Sergeant and served in the First Marine Raider Battalion
in the Pacific Theater. He was a life member of the Edson's
Raiders Association and belonged to the New Bloomfield VFW
Post # 7463 and the Newport American Legion Post #177. George
had a love for cars, especially the Pontiac, and took pride
in caring for his own cars.
He was a dog lover of the Golden Retriever.
George is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn P. McCurdy
Simon with whom he would have celebrated their 53rd year of
marriage this December; two daughters, Carrie P. Simon Kuhn
and her husband Darren of Lewisberry, PA and Joan Simon Smith
of Beaverton, Oregon; a son, Robert Simon of Oregon; and three
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters,
Karen I. and Donna K. Simon; two brothers, James (Jim) and
Kenneth Simon; and three sisters, Hazel, Sarah (Sally) and
A Memorial Service to Celebrate George's life will be held
on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel
of Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, 770 S. Hanover St., Carlisle,
PA. Officiating will be the Rev. Walter L. Frankenberry. Interment
will be held in the Dillsburg Cemetery (Mountain Road) with
Military Honors being provided by the Cumberland County Honor
Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends at the
Chapel on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Bloomfield
United Methodist Church (formerly Keboch U.M.C.), P.O. Box
96, New Bloomfield, PA 17068. Arrangements are being handled
by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 501 N.
Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065.
SIMPSON, ROBERT B.
TALIQUE, N.M.—Robert Bisbee Simpson, 85, died November 30,
2005, at his home in Talique, N.M. He was born in Boston,
Mass., in 1920, the son of Carrie and Arthur Simpson. During
World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, joined
the elite Raider Battalion and served in the South Pacific
where he received a Purple Heart.
Following the war, he earned an Associate degree in animal
husbandry from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Massachusetts.
He married Evelyn Biggar of Sussex, New Brunswick, in 1947.
In 1950, they purchased a farm on Peth Road in Braintree.
During this time, the farm and its technology was expanded
to include a new barn and milking parlor. He was constantly
striving to improve the land, and in 1966 was honored with
an Outstanding Conservation Farmer award.
He also served as a Vermont State Representative and Senator
in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1971, his son, Bob, took over the
farm while he moved into equipment sales and management, working
at Airport Tractors, before relocating to New Mexico, where
he also worked in sales and management positions in farm,
industrial, and heavy equipment companies.
In 1973, he married Mary Lou Waite. In his leisure time,
he enjoyed horseback riding, sailing, and building. He was
always active, and in his retirement years he enjoyed gardening,
building furniture, and making improvements around his property.
He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; his sister, Dorothy
Saylor of Surprise, Ariz.; four children, Judy Schneider of
Middletown, Mass., Bob and Gary Simpson, both of Braintree,
and David Simpson of Topsham, Maine; and two step-children,
Debbie Spencer of Glendale, Ariz., and Bruce Simpson of Kittitas,
Wash. He is also survived by many grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held later in the spring.
SINGER, THEODORE B.
SINGER, Theodore (Ted) Brinkmier, 86, died at home on February
He was born February 1, 1924 in Wheeling, WV to John and
Mary (Brinkmier) Singer, and had a sister, Sister Mary Daniel,
Ted worked for 80 years of his life. He began selling newspapers
on the street corner at the age of 5. Later on, he worked
on a farm, at a photography studio, and in construction. He
worked until he became ill at the age of 85. He could also
play most musical instruments, and he sang professionally—he
even performed for President Truman.
As soon as Ted turned 18, he joined the Marines and fought
with the Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during WWII,
where he was repeatedly decorated for bravery in combat and
was wounded at Guadalcanal. He subsequently joined the Army,
where he worked in counter-intelligence (Ted spoke three languages).
He then worked for the U.S. government as a GS 13. After he
retired, he was the first person in Texas to be a Certified
Computer Security Specialist and had his own business with
clients such as Westinghouse.
In his later years, Ted volunteered (and was later employed
by) the San Antonio Zoo and, finally, for almost 20 years,
he worked in animal care at Sea World of San Antonio. He volunteered
his time and money for many charities. He worked with the
Boy Scouts in several countries for many years, was a dedicated
member of the Catholic Church, a volunteer fire fighter, and
a 10 Diamond Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club.
Ted was married to his beloved Ruth (McCoid) in 1944 until
her death in 2000. They also leave 6 children: Dolores Howley,
Johnette Singer Williams, Patricia Livermore, John Singer,
Sue Singer andVicki Singer. They also leave 14 grandchildren
and 9 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, Wednesday at
Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a
vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am, Thursday,
February 11, 2010 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling,
with the Rev. Daniel Pisano as celebrant. Interment will be
in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.
SITTON, LEWIS W.
Lewis W. "Jerry" Sitton, 87, of Oroville, peacefully passed
away Wednesday, April 29, 2009 in Oroville, California. He
was born on November 5, 1921, in Chico, California.
Jerry attended Chico schools and was studying to enter the
medical field when our country entered World War II. Like
so many others of his generation, he put his personal plans
on hold to serve his country. He joined the U.S. Navy as a
pharmacist's mate and later volunteered to serve as a medic
for the 4th Battalion Marine Raiders in the Pacific Theater.
Jerry received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star as well as
many other medals. Upon returning from duty, Jerry came home
to California and entered the grocery business. He loved camping,
fishing, travel, and just going for a drive. He retired in
1977 so that he could spend more time traveling with the love
of his life, Wanda.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Wanda Sitton; daughter, Marycarol
Sitton-Deane; and son, Mitch Sitton. He is also survived by
his stepchildren, Juniel Worthington, Ray Owens, Dennis Owens,
Les Owens, Wes Owens, and Denise Rouse; as well as his nephew,
"Little" Jerry Sitton. He loved all of his kids and was a
proud grandfather and great-grandfather.
Respecting his wishes, there will be no services for him,
but he will remain in our hearts until we meet again.
SKINNER, ROBERT W., III
ROBERT WILKINSON SKINNER III '34, of Lancaster, Pa., died
March 17 . He was a general surgeon in Lancaster for
37 years, a staff surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital, and a
past president of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society.
For his service as a battalion surgeon with the First Marine
Raider Battalion, known as Edson's Raiders, in Tulagi-Guadalcanal
in 1942, he received the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Defense
Medal with Clasp, and Presidential Citation with Star. He
leaves a daughter, Judith Huyett, and two sons, Frederick
and Robert '63; his wife, Edith (Parkhurst), died in 1986.
SKRZYNSKI, MARTIN J.
Douglas resident Martin John Skrzynski, 65, a commercial
fisherman, died March 14  at Humana Hospital Alaska.
Mr. Skrzynski was born April 5, 1924, in Chicago. He had
served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World
War II. After the war, he and his father bought a farm in
Wayland, Mich. He had also worked as a tuna fisherman off
the coast of Chile. In 1951, he moved to Alaska. He had shares
in the plywood plant in Juneau which he helped to build. The
family made the following statement: "He enjoyed studying
the stock market, reading and had dabbled in mining."
He is survived by his wife, Jessie, of Douglas; his sons,
Michael, Mark and David, all of Juneau, and James, of Daytona
Beach, Fla.; his daughters, Stasza and Carol Ann, both of
Juneau, and Susan, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his mother, Stella,
of Chicago; his sisters, Florence Rak and Virginia Golonka,
of Chicago, and Clara Naybar, of Hillsdale, Ill.; his grandson,
Justin Churchill, of Wrangell; and his granddaughters, Sherice
, of Juneau, and Aszli , of Daytona Beach. His cremated remains
will be scattered on the Taku River later this year. Arrangements
were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.
SLADKY, FRANCIS J.
MADISON- Francis Joseph "Joe" Sladky, age 83, passed away
on Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the UW Hospital in Madison due
to complications associated with cancer. Joe was born in Racine
on May 2, 1923, the son of Frank E. and Rose G. (Broecker)
Sladky. Following high school, he served in World War II as
a member of Carlson's 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, an elite,
special ops unit of the Marine Corps. He fought in such storied
Marine battles as Tarawa, Midway, and Guadalcanal. After WWII,
Joe attended the UW-La Crosse, where he received a Bachelor's
Degree in Science and Physical Education and, more importantly,
met and married Jacqueline "Jody" Thomas in 1947. He continued
his education at the UW-Madison, earning a degree in Physical
Therapy. Joe and Jody eventually settled in Milwaukee, where
they lived from 1963 through 1990. During his career as a
Physical Therapist, a profession he truly loved, he helped
many people ranging from those affected by polio to star athletes.
Joe was widely admired for his thoughtfulness and generosity,
always finding time to give, especially to young people. A
host of high school athletes at the University School of Milwaukee
will remember "Doc" who voluntarily ministered to their injuries
for more than a decade. In addition to his work, Joe was an
accomplished jazz drummer, and played bass drum with the Billy
Mitchell Scottish Pipe and Drum Band of Milwaukee for many
years. After retirement, Joe and Jody resided in Whidbey Island,
Washington, and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, returning
to Madison in 2004. Siesta Key, Florida was his favorite winter
escape. Joe will be remembered as a generous man with a big
heart, sly smile and positive word for everyone. He is survived
by Jacqueline, his loving wife of 58 years; his children:
John (Mary) Sladky of Atlanta, Mary (Fred) Struthers of Furlong,
Pennsylvania, Eric (Judi) Sladky of Whidbey Island, Washington,
and Kurt (Debbie Neff) Sladky of Madison; 8 grandchildren:
Graham, Alex, Christa, William, Kristoffer, Karsten, Sam and
Jake; a brother, James (Mary) Sladky of Waterford; a sister,
Mary (James) Knauf of Chilton; brothers-in-law, John (Barbara)
Thomas of Indianapolis and Tom Thomas of Minneapolis; a sister-in-law
Carmen Bey of Owatonna, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John (Carol) Sladky
of Racine, and his brother-in-law Ken Bey of Owatonna, Minnesota.
A family gathering to celebrate his life will be held in the
future. In keeping with his generous spirit, his family suggests
that contributions in his name be made to the University of
Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve Toys For Tots Program, or the American Physical Therapy
Association, Foundation for Physical Therapy. He will be greatly
missed. Semper Fi. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610
Speedway Road, Madison 608.238.3434
SLOAN, WILLIAM, JR.
Mr. William Sloan Jr., 84, of Eolia, MO, passed away at 9:35
p.m. on Friday, February 29, 2008 at Lincoln County Nursing
and Rehab in Troy, MO. He was born on Dec. 1, 1923 in Crocker,
MO to William and Maude (Nigh) Sloan Sr. William grew up in
Crocker along with his brother, Robert J. Sloan. At the age
of 19 he was called to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during
WWII. He served from Sept. 1942 until Jan. 1946 and was a
Corporal for the Mortar Squad. He participated in action in
Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa. He received a Purple Heart.
Following his first hitch in service, he married Ruby Towns
on March 5, 1946 in St. Charles, MO. They were blessed with
three daughters: Barbara, Janet and Wendy. He worked as a
mechanic until he once again entered the military. This time
he served in the Korean War as a Corporal from Feb. 12, 1950
until June 15, 1951. Once again, he was a mortar specialist
squad leader in South and Central Korea. He was also qualified
as an aircraft engine mechanic. William received a Good Conduct
Medal, Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart. Mr. Sloan served
as 1st Commander of VFW Post No. 4539 in Eolia and had been
a member of Operating Engineers Local 513 for 30+ years. He
had been an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with his
special friend, Jack Van Dyke. William had been a loving husband
and father who cared deeply about his family.
Surviving are his loving daughter, Wendy Sloan of Eolia;
and his grandson James Morgan; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; and
a daughter; Janet Morgan and brother; Robert Sloan. William
will be sadly missed and long remembered by all those who
knew and loved him.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at
11 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, MO. Officiating
was Rev. Milton Schaper. Interment followed at National Cemetery,
Jefferson Barracks, MO with full military honors. Visitation
was Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the
McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, MO 63379.
Memorials may be made to All Paws Rescue, c/o the funeral
SLOBODRIAN, MICHAEL C.
Michael C. Slobodrian, 85, of Villas, July 8, 2006. He was
a veteran of World War II, and a life member of the VFW.
SLUSSER, MAX E.
CHENEY - Slusser, Max E., 87, left on his final trip to be
with the Lord September 24, 2010. Preceded in death by his
wife, June; granddaughter, Emily Slusser; parents, Lewis and
Dorothy Slusser, and all of his brothers and sisters. He is
survived by his six children, Phyllis Slusser, Donnis Crane,
Tom Slusser, Lonetta Bartell, Marla and Steve Seachris, Rusty
and Donna Slusser; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
1 great-great-grandchild. Max was a WWII veteran, 36-year
Boeing employee, and a devoted father and Papa. His travels
across the United States were a highlight of his retirement
years. He loved high school sports, especially basketball,
and could be found at almost all of his grandchildren's sporting
events, plays, and musical performances. He loved his heritage
and his growing up days in Oklahoma and Kansas small towns
alongside the railroad. Moved to Cheney, Kansas, in 1937 where
he lived out his remaining years. We all will miss his story
telling, poems and songs and his sense of humor. Memorial
has been established with the Cheney HS club in memory of
Max. Visitation Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at the funeral home
10 a.m.-8 p.m. with family present 7-8 p.m. to greet friends.
Celebration of life services will be on Tuesday, September
28, 2010, 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Christian Church,
both in Cheney, Kansas.
SMITH, NORWOOD O.
WINSTON-SALEM - Mr. Norwood Otis Smith, 73, died Thursday
night, Feb. 5, 1998, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital.
Born May 6, 1924, in Timmonsville, S.C., he was the husband
of the late Mrs. Bea Smith, and the son of Mr. George Smith
and Mrs. Alice Smith. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of
World War II and was retired from Western Electric. He was
a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday
school teacher, choir member and was a former deacon.
Survivors include a son, Mr. George V. Smith of Lexington;
a daughter, Mrs. Ed (Theresa S.) Hooks of Mebane; three sisters,
Mrs. Albert (Janie) Butner, Mrs. George (Maxine) Brannock,
and Mrs. Norman (Polly) Smoot, all of Winston-Salem; a brother,
Mr. George Smith of Winston-Salem; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ms. Jessie Burcham;
and a brother, Mr. Harold Smith.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at
Crestwood Baptist Church by the Rev. Todd Holt.
The family will be at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel
from 7 to 9 this evening.
Memorials may be made to Crestwood Baptist Church Building
Fund, 530 Motor Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105.
SMITH, ODELL H.
FALLBROOK ---- Odell H. "Smitty" Smith, 83, died Saturday,
Jan. 22, 2005.
Born Nov. 6, 1921, in Butler, Texas, he lived in Fallbrook
for 50 years. He owned an air conditioning and refrigeration
business for 15 years and Vista Pipes and Tobacco for eight
years. He worked for Tri-City Medical Center as a plant engineer
for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with the
1st Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during World War
II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Marine Raider
Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, the American
Legion Post 776 in Fallbrook; and the Christ the King Lutheran
Church in Fallbrook. He was a past member of the Masonic Order
in Texas. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Smith,
in 2000. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Kathy
and Duane Saunders of Fallbrook and Linda Corn of Vista; five
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with military honors is scheduled for
10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1924, 1175 Old Stage Road in Fallbrook with the Rev.
Phil Tukua officiating. Burial was at Riverside National Cemetery.
The family suggests donations to the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 1924, P.O. Box 194, Fallbrook, CA 92088.
Berry-Bell & Hall Fallbrook Mortuary is handling arrangements.
SMITH, ROBERT P.
Robert Prime Smith, formerly of Marin County, passed away
May 14, 2003. Bob Smith was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine
Corps., 4th Raider Battalion; he received a Purple Heart on
the Island of Palau during WWII and a Bronze Star. Bob Smith
was born in North Dakota, grew up in Berkeley CA, and moved
to Marin County after WWII. He lived in Coos Bay for the past
12 years where he was an active member of the community. He
was an avid nature lover and conservationist. Loving father
of Scott Smith, Colin Smith and Carrie Caminiti. Brother to
Barbara Alarie, Edith Villers, John Phillip Smith, and Steven
Herbert Smith. Husband to Alice Smith (deceased). Loving grandfather
of Jennifer and Sarah Smith, Lisa, Olivia and Jenna Wise,
Devon and Tanner Smith. Beloved father-in-law to Lynne Smith
and Sheila Smith. Myrtle Grove Funeral Service, Coos Bay,
SMITH, THAD C.
Thad "Carrol" Smith passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008
at home with his loving family at his bedside. He was also
known to family and friends as Pappa, Gramps, Grandpa, T.C.
Carrol and Honey.
Carrol was born in Wannette, Oklahoma on July 17, 1922, to
Thad and Dora Smith. He attended school in Collinsville, Oklahoma.
He joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 and served in the Pacific
during WWII. He met and married the love of his life, Helen
Addy on April 5, 1945. Carrol worked for Chevron in the oil
fields for 26 years in Avenal, Coalinga and Huntington Beach,
retiring in Lemoore in 1973. He loved to go RVing with family
and friends and the "Happy Campers" group. He got to make
the trip of his dreams to Alaska with his wife and son in
his motor home two years ago.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 63 years; daughter,
Beverly Johnson; son, Thad Jr; two grandsons, Thomas Donnell
and wife Janet and Bryan Johnson; five granddaughters, Jennifer
Molina and husband Edgar, Brandy Rodriquez and husband Inez,
Serena Walker and husband Bob, Terrie Blanton and Carrie Smith,
nine great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and
two special nieces. He was preceded in death by his daughter,
His family loved him very much and he will be missed.
We would like to thank Dr. Michael Moffett and Hanford Adventist
Hospice, especially Ralfi, Christine and John for the care
they gave him.
A Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday, May 10 at
4 p.m. at Jack Stone's Barn in Lemoore.
Arrangements are under the direction of People's Funeral
Chapel in Hanford.
SPAHR, EDWARD L.
SPAHR Edward Louis Sr., joined the love of his life and wife
of 57 years, Mary Ellen, in eternal peace on July 18, 2007.
He was 85 and devoted father of Barbara McNamee (John), Susan
Folkman (Gary), Edward L. Spahr, Jr., Deborah Spahr, Theresa
Spahr Nelson (Patrick), and Paul Spahr (Kit), loving grandfather
of 18, and great-grandfather of 21. He was a proud Marine
and WWII veteran with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in the
South Pacific and a dedicated employee of P&G for 36 years.
Anyone who met Ed and Mary knew they were two special people
who belonged together. Visitation is at St Gabriel Church,
Glendale, Saturday, July 21 from 9-10 A.M.; Mass of Eternal
Rest at 10 A.M., followed by a gravesite service at Gate of
Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, and a celebration of Ed's life
at St. Gabriel's church hall (where Ed and Mary celebrated
their 50th anniversary). Friends may attend any or all of
the services or meet at the church hall Noon-4 P.M. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be sent to: Hospice of Cincinnati,
P.O. Box 633597, Cinti. 45263; St. Gabriel's Church, 48 W
Sharon Ave, 45246; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.
SPAULDING, ROGER C.
SPAULDING, Roger Carl, 90, born April 18, 1921, passed over
into the joy of his Lord Sunday, May 29, 2011.
He is the husband of Helen Spaulding for 63 years, and beloved
father of three children, Pamela, Kathy and Gregory. These
three survive as well as six grandchildren, Annie, her husband,
Maj. Lawrence Bradley Green, and their children, Scout, Colter
and Bridger; Joshua Roger Spaulding; Megan and her husband,
Kris DiMercurio, and their children, Urijah and Giana; Izaak
Spaulding; Lauren and her husband, Jamie Beckley, and their
children, Ava Grace and James Jr.; and Alicia Crouch. Also,
Roger's two nieces, Jane Waggoner (husband, Tom) and Judy
Jurisic (husband, Jeff); and a nephew, Floyd Barker (wife,
Patti), mourn his passing.
During World War II, Roger served for the duration in the
Marine Raiders in the Pacific. Wounded in action, he completed
his service by taking his men into Tokyo, Japan, before peace
was signed to knock out the guns surrounding Tokyo Bay that
could endanger the ship, Missouri, when she came in for the
signing of a peace treaty ending the war. As a farmer in Southern
Indiana, he raised cattle, grain and a family with three children.
In his fifties, Roger opened a new chapter in his life when
he and his wife served in the mission field for Christ approximately
10 years. He had a big heart, enjoying serving the Lord in
several countries including Liberia in the Peace Corps, three
years in Costa Rica and three years in Khabarovsk, Far East
Russia. He is loved by his family and those who knew him,
including friends from the countries where they served. He
was proud of his country, the U.S. Marine Corps and enjoyed
the opportunity to show the world the truth of Christ. He
will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June
4, at First United Methodist Church in Spring Hill, Fla. Following
the service, there will be a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.
Later, a graveside service will take place at Vernon Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be
given to The Mission Society at First United Methodist Church,
Spring Hill. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home (352) 596-4991
Born July 31, 1921, he died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. He was
80 and a native of Laurel, Miss. Visiting at Welsh Funeral
Home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m.
Friday, conducted by the Rev. Jim Spencer. Interment in Roselawn
Survived by his wife, Helen Nalley Spencer; three sons, R.
Wilson and wife Mary Lou Spencer, Richard T. and wife Patricia
Spencer, and Gene A. and wife Philomena Spencer; two granddaughters,
Michelle Ridge and Lori Lopez of California; a grandson, Mathew
Patrick Spencer of Virginia; five great-grandchildren, Patrick,
Ashley and Gary Ridge and Jessica and Alyssa Lopez; and two
sisters-in-law, Ollie Spencer and Delaney Nalley. Preceded
in death by his parents, T.D. Spencer and Mary Lou Robison
Spencer; and three brothers, Tom, Talmadge and W.E. Spencer.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was
personally chosen by Col. James Roosevelt to be a member of
his personal battalion, the Marine Raiders, operating in the
South Pacific. He had a very distinguished career, being wounded
twice in making six opposed landings against defended beaches.
He was noted as a superior riflesmith, an accomplished maker
of Indian arrowheads and for his work in developing an Indian
village site in eastern Texas, which he donated to the Texas
University, known as the Spencer Site. He was employed at
the Exxon plant in Baton Rouge for 30 years, having retired
due to a disability relating to wounds received in action
against the Japanese.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice
of Baton Rouge.
SPETNAGEL, RUSSELL, JR.
Russell Spetnagel, Jr., 79, of Chillicothe, passed from this
life Sunday evening, April 11, 2004, at his residence following
an extended illness. He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Ross County,
the son of Russell J. and Ina Janette Fogel Spetnagel. On
April 8, 1975, he married Eileen Hatfield, who survives.
Also surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Thressa and
Ronny French, Chillicothe; sons and daughters-in-law, Ted
and Martha Spetnagel, of Waverly, David and Shari Spetnagel,
of Frankfort, and Dennis and Sue Spetnagel, of Chillicothe;
a step-daughter and stepson-in-law, Randy and Cathy Hurtt,
of Chillicothe, and a stepson, Mike Hummel, of Chillicothe;
grandchildren, Wesley and Tammy Tull and Lauren Spetnagel,
step-grandchildren, Allen Richmond, Rhonda Wilson, Tony and
Megan Clary and Michael Hurtt; a great-grandchild, Bethany
Tull; step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Amber Wilson
and Amanda Wilson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and
Harmon Jobe and Eleanor and Doug Richards, all of Chillicothe;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Mavis Spetnagel and
Paul and Garnet Spetnagel, all of Chillicothe, and Joseph
and Shirley Spetnagel, Surprise, AZ; and a sister-in-law,
Helen Spetnagel, of Richmond Dale. His parents, brothers,
Donald and Max Spetnagel, and a half-sister and a half-brother
preceded him in death.
Mr. Spetnagel was an employee of Mead Paper, with more than
30 years of service, retiring in 1984. He was a WW II veteran,
serving in the United States Marine Corps, and was a member
of American Legion Post 62, Amvets Post 4, and the F.O.E.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004,
in Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home, with Rev.
Mark Clendaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Floral
Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the
funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Adena Health System, 111 W. Water
St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
STAIHR, RICHARD J.
Richard J. "Dick" Staihr, 86, of Nevada, Mo., passed away
Monday, September 29, 2008, at Christian Health Care, Nevada,
Mo., following a brief illness. He was born November 8, 1921,
in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph Bernard Staihr and Claire Margaret
Mr. Staihr was raised in Independence, Mo., and graduated
from William Chrisman High School. He served in the U.S. Marine
Corps as a Marine Raider during WW II in the South Pacific.
Following his time in the service, he made his living in a
variety of pursuits including hydraulic engineering as well
as sales. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the American Legion. He was also a member of St. Mary's
Catholic Church, Nevada, Mo. He was an avid golfer and also
an avid square and ballroom dancer.
Survivors include two sons, Richard P. Staihr, Grandview,
Mo., and Brian K. Staihr, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters,
Sharon S. Jackson, Charlotte, N.C., and Julie Niggebrugge,
Manchester, Conn.; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren;
one sister, Roberta Taylor, Independence, Mo., and one brother,
J.B. Staihr, Lee's Summit, Mo.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October
3, 2008, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo., with Father Justin
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday
afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
The family suggests that memorials may be made in his honor
to the charity of the donor's choice in care of Ferry Funeral
Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
STARCK, DANIEL P.
Daniel (Dan) Starck of Fairfield Glade, formerly of Deerfield,
IL, passed away March 26, 2005 in Florida surrounded by family.
His memorial service was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church
on April 2, 2005. The Rev. Greg Neuzil officiated with Deacon
Mark Fredrick assisting. Burial was in the church columbarium.
Mr. Starck was born in Chicago, IL, on March 18, 1927, the
son of the late Walter and Margaret Starck.
He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he
majored in business. He was the president of Local 189, SEIU,
in Chicago where he also served on the board of the Union
Health Center, the Union Eye Clinic and as a member of the
Union/Employers Health and Welfare board. He was a member
of St. Francis Church.
In Fairfield Glade he was a member of the Friendly Foes Golf
League and co-founder of the Tee-timers Golf Group. He also
founded the Peleliu Survivors Marine Corps group that has
met annually for 20 years nationwide. He was a history buff,
enjoyed theater, nature, reading and was probably happiest
when "planning the next trip" as travel was very important
to him. He thoroughly relished his life in the Glade and the
family time he spent in the home he built on Moccasin Lake,
He is survived by his beloved wife, Polly; sons, the Honorable
Christopher C. Starck (Laura) and Peter D. Starck (Beth);
daughter, Laurie Sirus (Rick); and seven grandchildren. His
brothers, Marce, Ralph and Walter, predeceased him. His sister,
Dorsey Johnson of Cherry Hills, CO and Maui, HI, survives.
Mr. Starck was a warm, loving and loyal husband, father and
friend and will be deeply missed. Memorials may be made to
Hospice of Cumberland County.
STAROFSKY, JOHN L.
John " Jack on the Rock " Starofsky, Sr., age 79, of Moline
passed away Thursday, January 26, 2006 at his home. Visitation
will be Monday, January 30, 2006 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Esterdahl
Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Memorials
may be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Jack was born March 18, 1926 in Moline, the son of John and
Margaret Starofsky. Jack was employed in sales with the Singer
Co. and also with several auto dealerships in the Quad City
area. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and
served in the elite group known as the Marine Raiders on Okinawa
and other Pacific Islands during World War II. He married
Beverly Dye in 1948 in Milan and together they raised seven
Those who will hold Jack's memory in their hearts forever
are his wife, Bev and children Mary (John) Graff, TN; Betty
Diehl, Moline; John Jr. (Linda), Davenport; Ruth (Richard)
Renshaw, WA; David (Lynn), Moline; Christine (William) Sokil,
Moline; and Richard G. (April), Moline. Jack's younger brother,
Richard (Marilyn) resides in Moline as does his surviving
cousin, Verna Trevor. He will be missed by his sixteen grandchildren
and eleven great-grandchildren.
STAVISKY, SAMUEL E.
Samuel E. Stavisky, 93, a Washington Post newsman who became
a Marine Corps combat correspondent in World War II and later
founded his own public relations firm, died Sept. 21 
at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack.
Nine years ago, a decade after he retired, Mr. Stavisky published
"Marine Combat Correspondent: World War II in the Pacific,"
which retold the story of the small group of Marine writers
in the Solomon Islands during some of the fiercest battles
in the Pacific.
Mr. Stavisky, who had worked at the Washington Post as a
reporter and assistant city editor starting in 1938, hadn't
planned to enlist until Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig, head of
the Marine's public affairs office, came up with the idea
of fighting journalists.
"Unable to see well without spectacles jammed to my nose,
I hadn't even considered trying to enlist with the Marines,"
Mr. Stavisky wrote in his 1999 book.
"What little I knew about the Marine Corps, from a rare movie
or magazine," he added, "had made it obvious to me that the
sharpshooting amphibious branch of the armed forces would
have nothing to do with an applicant whose shooting skill
was limited to shooting the breeze and whose killer instinct
was limited to hammering the typewriter keys."
Carrying both a military-issue rifle and a typewriter, "Denig's
Demons" fought first and wrote later. Mr. Stavisky's stories
from Guadalcanal included a first-person tale of fighting
as a tail gunner on a bombing mission and a report on how
Marine Corps tank companies destroyed Japanese machine gun
His biggest story, he said, was the first interview with
Capt. Joe Foss, the pilot whose 26 personal downings of enemy
aircraft in World War II made him the second-ranking Marine
Corps ace of the war.
The article was killed by a military censor, "as if the Japanese
didn't know they had lost those 26 planes," Mr. Stavisky groused.
When he returned to the newspaper after the war, he covered
the adjustment problems of veterans and the labor movement
before switching to editorial writing. He also wrote a column,
"People in the News."
In 1954, he started a Washington-based public relations firm,
Stavisky & Associates, which operated until 1989. On behalf
of a client, he played a key role in getting congressional
support for an international coffee agreement, which for more
than 25 years stabilized the price of coffee coming from Latin
America and Africa.
Samuel Elliot Stavisky was born in Chelsea, Mass., and worked
at the Boston American newspaper while attending Boston University.
After graduation, he worked at the Rochester (N.Y.) Journal
and the Washington Herald before joining The Post in 1938.
One of his first stories was a full-page piece on the 50,000
to 250,000 jobless who flooded into Washington during the
He told the E-Street Club, a group of old-time Post employees,
about Halloween night in 1938 when Orson Welles broadcast
"War of the Worlds," a science fiction story of invading aliens.
"We were sitting around the City Desk as usual, discussing
world affairs," Mr. Stavisky told the group, according to
its minutes. "Suddenly the phones began ringing like mad.
It seems the aliens had landed in New York. No, they landed
in New Jersey. No, they landed in Norfolk. No, it's down in
The front page of the next day's paper carried a story, by
another reporter, with the headline: "Monsters of Mars on
a Meteor Stampede Radiotic America."
He was a member of the National Press Club, the Public Relations
Society of America, the Edgemoor Tennis Club and the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bernice Stavisky
of Washington; two daughters, Robin Stavisky of Palo Alto,
Calif., and Judy Stavisky of Wyncote, Pa.; and a grandson.
STELLMAN, VINCENT W.
Racine- Vincent W. Stellman, 80, passed away at his home
on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 following a courageous battle
with Multiple Myeloma. A lifetime resident, Vince was born
in Racine on May 4, 1926 to the late William and Elizabeth
(nee: Brisko) Stellman. On May 5, 1951 he was united in marriage
with Martha Collins. Vince was very proud of his record in
the United States Marine Corps, enlisting at the age of 16,
to serve in WWII from 1943 until 1946; and in the Korean Conflict
from 1951 until 1952, serving with honor, reached the rank
of S/SGT with the following awards: Navy Commendation Medal
with Combat V for Valor; U.S. Marine Good Conduct Medal; American
Theater and Asiatic with 4 Battle Stars; WWII Victory; National
Defense Medals and Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Stars;
Combat Action, Presidential Unit and Navy Unit Citations and
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; and Expert Rifleman
and Sharpshooter Awards. Vince was a longtime member of St.
Lucy Catholic Church. He was employed by SC Johnson Wax for
33 years, retiring in 1982. Vince also operated his welding
business until 2003. He was also a member of the SC Johnson
20 Year Club, the Agerholm-Gross Marine Corps League, the
U.S. Marine Raider Assn., and is the current President of
the Racine Boxing Club, Inc., a position he has held since
1978. Among his interests, Vince enjoyed fishing, financial
investing, history, boxing, physical fitness, was an accomplished
metal artist, enjoyed being at his summer home in Bailey’s
Harbor, WI with Marti and their family; and visiting with
his daughters in Taos, NM, Argyle, TX and in Racine. Surviving
are his loving wife, Marti; daughters, Paula (Blaine) Ashley
of Racine; Marsha (Dan) Lizdas of Taos, N.M.; and Jill (Terry)
Greene of Argyle, TX; grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Jarstad
of Racine; Nicole Lester of Texas; Katie Ashley of Racine;
Vinni Aude of Taos, N.M.; great-grandson, Lukas Jarstad of
Racine; brother, Daniel (LaMae) Stellman of LaPuente, CA;
sister-in-law, VerdaBelle Stellman of Anaheim Hills, CA; nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents,
Vince was preceded in death by his brother, Adolph Edward
Stellman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 3:00 pm in St. Lucy Catholic
Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating.
Military honors will follow. Visitation will be in the church
on Thursday from 1-3 pm. A reception at Infusino Banquet Hall
will follow the services. In memory of Vince, memorials to
St. Lucy School or St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.
A special note of thanks to Dr. Gullberg, Dr. Puffer and Dr.
Short; the fine staff at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center;
loyal coach, Joe Singh; and good friend, Capt. Jack Shannon,
USMC. Semper Fidelis.
STERLING, HERSCHEL D.
Herschel D. Sterling, 84, of Melbourne, Florida, died Saturday,
June 28, 2008. He was born in Tampa, Florida and was a World
War II veteran, where he fought in Guadalcanal as part of
the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, the "Edson’s Raiders." He
is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Sterling; sons, Michael,
Steven and Doug; daughter, Pattra; seven grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter,
Lynda. A memorial service was held at the Brownlie-Maxwell
Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren, 705 Blake Ave, Bldg D, Cocoa, FL 32922.
STERLING, JOHN L.
John Lee "Jack" Sterling, 81, of Pompano Beach FL, former
resident of West Bloomfield, MI passed away November 21, 2001.
He is survived by his beloved wife Dolores Wilson Sterling,
his daughters Nancy Sterling of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Alexis
Sterling Popovich (Michael) of Tucson, AZ, and his grandchildren
Douglas and Jeffrey Popovich of San Diego, CA and Michelle
Popovich Bonjour (Brian) of Stevenson Ranch, CA. Jack was
born in Greenwich, CT on June 26, 1920, attended Dartmouth
College and served with the elite Marine Raiders in WWII.
He was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts, attaining
the rank of Major. Beloved husband, father and grandfather,
his devotion to his family and community will be deeply missed.
As an advertising representative, Jack was active in the Detroit
area in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, Kirk in
the Hills Church and several local charities. A memorial service
was held at Community Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach,
FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his
honor be made to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization,
to which he devoted much service. Semper Fidelis.
STERNHAGEN, MARCUS J.
Palmer resident, Marcus J. Sternhagen, 74, died June 6, 1999,
at Our House Care Home in Palmer, after a lengthy illness.
Visitation and Rosary was June 10, 1999, at St. Michaels Catholic
Church in Palmer. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated
by Father Luke Steiner at 2 p.m., June 11, 1999, at St. Michaels
Catholic Church. Interment will be at Glasgow Highland Cemetery,
Sternhagen was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Opheim Valley, Mont.,
to Joseph P. and Mary C. (Carignan) Sternhagen. He was a U.S.
Marine Raider from 1942-1945. He attended Princeton University
and later graduated from the University of Montana, in Missoula,
He moved to Alaska in 1979 to be closer to his brother, Dr.
Charles Sternhagen. He spent most of his life training dogs
and hunting. As a professional dog trainer he won many American
Kennel Club Field Trials with those dogs. Recently, he had
been a Eucharistic Minister for St. Michaels Catholic Church
in Palmer and active in the prison ministries. He was also
an active member of the Knights of Columbus and involved with
the local Senior Centers.
According to his family, "Marc was a beloved father, grandfather
and friend. Marc always was more concerned with others health
and well being than his own. He was a very proud 15-year member
of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Sternhagen is survived by his two daughters, Alexandra, of
Salida, Colo. and Kelsey Ann, of Palmer; two grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother,
William G. Sternhagen, of Helena, Mont.; and sisters Mary
Farrell, of Spokane, Wash. and Rita Frey, of Aberdeen, Wash.
and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by four sons and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent
to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 432 E. Fireweed Avenue, Palmer,
Arrangements for the family were made by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
STEVENS, FRANK H., JR.
1st Sgt. Frank H. "Pete" Stevens Jr., 78, of Milton,
died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Stevens was born in Chester, Pa., the son of the late
Frank H. and Anna Balfour Stevens. His family moved to Wilmington
and then to Lewes in 1931, where he graduated from Lewes High
School and entered the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the Corps,
Sgt. Stevens participated in the Solomon Islands Campaign
at Guadalcanal in 1942, receiving a medal for bravery on Tulagi
Island. He stayed in the Corps for 26 years, retiring in 1967.
During his term in the Corps he also served during the Korean
Conflict, Vietnam Conflict and Lebanon civil war of 1957.
He and his family moved to Houston, Texas for the next 22
years and then back to the Lewes-Milton area in 1989. Sgt.
Lewis was a 32nd degree Mason with the Jefferson Lodge 15
in Lewes and the Consistory. He was also a member of the Arabia
Temple Shriners in Houston and a life member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars in Missouri City, Texas. He was also a life
member of the Edson Raiders, 1st Marine Raider Brigade and
the Marine Corps League of Long Neck and Lewes American Legion
He is survived by his wife, Gladys H. B. "Hilly"
Stevens of Milton; a daughter, Anna Stevens of Houston; a
son, Paul Stevens of New Braunfels, Texas; a daughter, Melody
Stevens-Kent; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter;
one great-grandson; and one great-grandchild on the way. His
first wife, Lela Marie Hutto Stevens, died in 1984.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb.
16, at Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway, with the
Rev. Harry Hughes officiating. Burial with full Marine honors
will be held in Houston National Cemetery, in Texas at 11
a.m., Friday, Feb. 22.
Contributions are suggested to the local Marine Corps League
chapter. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes &
U.S.M.C. Retired Norman Stevenson, 93, a resident of the
Pines, died Saturday [March 22, 2008] at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Norman was born in Savannah, Ga., to the late Walter and
Essie Stevenson. He was retired from 25 years of service to
his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and with 20 years as
a civil servant from Seymour Johnson AFB. Norman was a member
of Freedom Baptist Church and the National Association of
Federal Retirees. He served his country during World War II
and the Korean Conflict and was instrumental in establishing
the N.C. Marine Corps League and was a past commandant.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Freedom
Baptist Church with the Rev. David Jackson officiating. Burial
will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery with military honors.
Norman is survived by his wife, Grace Stevenson; his sons,
Norman Wilbert Stevenson of Georgia, Carl R. Stevenson and
wife, Paula, of Indian Beach, Dale Stevenson and wife, Lois,
of North Oaks, Minn.; his daughters, Dr. Linda S. Budd and
husband, Dr. Jeff Budd, of St. Paul, Minn., Donna Louise Stevenson
of Savannah, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Kelly, Heather, Kimberly,
Brian, Sean and Cynthia; and six great-grandchildren, Jacob,
Mark, Olivia, Jacquelyn, Ryan and Cody.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Louise
Memorials may be made in Norman's memory to Bethesda Home
for Boys in which he grew up, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah,
Ga. 31406 or to Freedom Baptist Church, 300 Country Day Road,
Goldsboro, N.C. 27530.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
at Seymour Funeral Home.
STEWARD--Pfc. Gerald, age 20 years. Killed at Guam, July
25, 1944. 132 N. 40th St., Council Bluffs, Ia. Survived by
father, Arlie Steward, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Ethel B. Kotroczo,
Omaha; 3 brothers, S1/c Arlin, San Francisco, Cal.; S1/c Robert,
San Diego, Cal.; Eugene of Council Bluffs, Ia; 1 sister, Mrs.
Arlene Burns, Highland, Cal.; 2 step-brothers, Daniel Linehan,
Council Bluffs; Cpl. Thomas Linehan, Fort Knox; step-mother,
Mrs. Adeline Steward, Council Bluffs, Ia.
Funeral Monday, John A. Gentleman Mortuary. 10:30 a.m. Interment,
West Lawn Cemetery.
STEWART, WILLIAM J.
William Jerome Stewart, part of "the Greatest Generation",
died June 7, 2008, doing what he loved to do, trout fishing
at Slagles Trout Club, in Cadillac, Michigan. Born March 8,
1920, to the late Raymond and Nina Stewart of Toledo, Ohio,
Bill graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1938. He excelled
as student council president, a star of track and football
and as an honor student. Bill graduated from the then Toledo
University in 1942 with a BS in Pre Med. He enlisted in the
USMC and was sent to Parris Island, SC where he completed
officers training at Quantico, VA, as a Second Lt. USMC. He
then attended Jungle Warfare School at Camp Elliot, San Diego,
He married Virginia Mae Walton who preceded him in death
and she has been missed every day since her death in 2006.
Knowing he could be shipped out to war at any time, Ginnie
traveled cross country by herself to marry her Bill on May
8, 1943. They had 2 wonderful weeks before he was selected
to become part of the 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion training
in Noumea, New Caledonia. He was in the South Pacific 28 months,
participating in 3 major battles-Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa
as a combat platoon leader. He was wounded on Bougainville,
receiving a Purple Heart and decorated for battle action at
Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, with a Bronze Star.
He entered OSU College of Dentistry in 1946 graduating in
1950. Bill practiced dentistry in Toledo for 41 years, retiring
in 1991. He was president of the Toledo Dental Society in
1958 and remained active for his entire career, joining his
son-in-law J. Eric Hires, DDS in his practice before retiring.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He had such respect for, and
knowledge about, everything in the world around him...and
he taught his children and grandchildren to love nature as
he did. He was also an accomplished hunter, fisherman, and
birdwatcher...he was a friend and mentor to several generations
and will be remembered for his knowledge, his honesty, courage,
quick wit and his passion for life.
He enjoyed his memberships at Beaver Lake Bow Hunters Club,
Adams Conservation Club, The Toledo Naturalists Association,
the Toledo Dental Society and the Marine Raiders Association.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; son, Thomas
Walton Stewart; sister, Virginia Hooper; sister, Nina Jane
Mikesell and best friend, Robert Morgan, DDS.
Missing him always will be his daughter, Diane Stewart Hires
of Sylvania, Ohio; granddaughters, Jennifer (David) Briggs
and Samantha (Ahren) Schultheis; special nephews, Dan (Joan)
Mikesell of Perrysburg, Ohio and Jim (Connie) Mikesell of
Rossford, Ohio; nephew, Stewart Stimson, DDS, of Tyler, Texas;
niece, Anne (Andrew) Lucas of Chicago, Illinois; great-grand-children,
Samantha, Zoe, and Bode Briggs, and Addison Schultheis; friend
and former son-in-law, J. Eric "Rick" Hires, DDS; and friends,
Karen, Bob, Jeff and Allison Knowles.
Bill and our family will always be grateful for the extra
love and support of Pat and Ann Hylant, Don and Sally Atkinson,
Cindy Baker, Bob and Carol Esplin, Bette and Mike Grotke,
Sally and Ed Lee, Bob and Emily Bennett, Judy Lyons, neighbors
and friends: Mike and Teena Taylor and John and Jan Pfeiffer,
Bill's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to
8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west
of Corey Rd.) where a Marine Corps service will take place
at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to the
charity of the donor's choice.
STILES, NEIL P.
HEATH, Texas — Neil P. Stiles, 86, of Heath and formerly
of Sheridan died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.
Mr. Stiles was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He
also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as
a Marine sergeant major.
He was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of David
Edgar and Ella Louise (Billman) Stiles.
His wife, Naoma (Presley) Stiles, survives him.
Mr. Stiles was a member of First United Methodist Church
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Sam
Stiles of Norwood, Pa., and Jerry Stiles of West Brookfield,
Mass.; a daughter, Cristina Stiles of Dallas; five grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandson.
Services were Sunday at First United Methodist Church in
Heath. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crown
View Cemetery in Sheridan. The Rev. Neil Johnson will officiate.
Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan are handling arrangements
ST. JOHN, BUELL A.
Buell A. St. John, 73, Wisteria Road, Daytona Beach, died
Saturday, Nov. 6 . Mr. St. John was a retired electronic
technician for RCA, Cape Canaveral. Born in Sipsey, Ala.,
he moved to Central Florida in 1956. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge, Haddon, N.J.; the Shrine Club, Collingwood,
N.J.; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3282, Port Orange. He
was a member of Tomoka Gem and Mineral Club, Canaveral Gem
and Mineral Club, Orlando Gem and Mineral Club, Central Brevard
Gem and Mineral Club and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.
He was a World War II Navy Air Corps veteran. Survivors: wife,
June; daughter, Gail Diccicco, Seminole; brothers, Orrin,
Bill, both of Montgomery, Ala., three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Dale Woodward Funeral Home, Holly Hill.
STOWE, MERLE J.
Marine Corps word that Pfc. Merle J. Stowe has been killed
in action [July 21, 1944] has been received by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Stowe, 1563 North Nineteenth Street.
He had been in the South Pacific nearly a year, took part
in action on New Guinea and at Saipan. Twenty years old, he
attended Central Grade School and Tech High School.
Funeral services for Pfc. Merle John Stowe, 20, will be held
Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Brailey & Dorrance Mortuary.
Private Stowe was killed July 26, 1944, while serving with
the Fourth Marines, first Divisional [Provisional] Brigade
in Guam. In the South Pacific for nearly a year, he served
at New Guinea and Saipan.
Before entering the service he attended Central Grade School
and Tech High School.
Surviving are a son, Larry John, Great Falls, Mont.; parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stowe, 1563 North Nineteenth Street; sister,
Luan Pospichal, Omaha.
Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
ST. PETER, HAROLD L.
FAIRLEE - Harold L. St. Peter, 81, died June 22, 2004, at
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.
He was born April 30, 1923, in Carthage, N.Y., the son of
Joseph and Ethel (Lewis) St. Peter.
He attended school in Harrisville, N.Y.
He married Dorothy Ellis on July 24, 1942, in North Quincy,
Mr. St. Peter established White River Structural Steel, which
he operated for many years. After moving to Fairlee in 1976,
he founded Ely Door Co. in 1981 which he operated until retiring
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during World War
II in the South Pacific as a Marine Raider.
He was a member of United Brethren F&AM Lodge 21 in White
River Junction and the Mount Sinai Shrine in Montpelier, and
a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 2571 in White River
Mr. St. Peter enjoyed hunting, fishing and painting.
Survivors include his wife of Fairlee; two sons, Paul St.
Peter of Fairlee and H. Bruce St. Peter of Grantham, N.H.;
two brothers, Robert St. Peter of Belmont, N.H., and Delano
St. Peter of Loon Lake, Wash.; a sister, Kathleen St. Peter
of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; and several nieces and
He was predeceased by three brothers, Earl, Neil and Maitland
The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Vermont
Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Maple Sugar
Bowl Game, P.O. Box 820, Lebanon, N.H., 03766.
Arrangements are under the direction of the direction of
the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.
Arthur Stradtner of Glen Head, died on Feb. 4, 2007. He was
a veteran of WWII serving with the United States Marine Corps.
Husband of Rosalie (nee Capobianco). Brother of Ronald (Ellie)
Stradtner and brother-in-law of the late Dan Capobianco. Also
survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made
by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St.
Mary's RC Church, Roslyn. Interment private.
STRATTON, IRVING T.
GILLESPIE — Irving T. Stratton, 56, was pronounced dead on
arrival at 5 p.m. Saturday [March 4, 1978] at Staunton Community
Memorial Hospital after an auto accident on Rte. 4.
Born in Carlinville, he was a communications specialist with
Illinois Bell Telephone Co.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Bechdoldt; three
sons, John with the Army in Germany, and Robert and Thomas,
both of Gillespie; a daughter, Terri Turner of Eldred; four
grandchildren; and a sister, Ella Stratton of Wood River.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Union Funeral Home
were services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Glenn
Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery.
STRAWBRIDGE, JAMES R.
Jim Strawbridge 87, beloved husband, uncle and veteran, passed
away peacefully on May 30, 2009. He was born in Pensacola,
May 3, 1922, and remained a lifelong Pensacola resident. He
is survived by his wife, Johnnie Merle (Whitehead) Strawbridge.
Jim was employed for 35 years as a U.S. Postal Service employee
and retired in 1976. Upon retirement, he was never idle and
pursued a variety of hobbies. An avid gardener, Jim was renowned
for his bountiful vegetable patches and was always quick to
share that bounty with friends and relatives. He was an avid
bass fisherman and for many years provided professional fishing
guide service on the Apalachicola River. Jim's favorite pastime,
however, was traveling the United States with his wife Johnnie
in their motor home. Amassing hundreds of thousands of driving
miles over some 30+ years, they visited many friends and saw
many wondrous sights from coast to coast. Jim's tales of their
travels were always interesting and his memory of the details
of those travels was phenomenal. One of Jim's lifetime achievements
and the one of which he was most proud was his Marine Corps
service in WWII as a member of the 4th Marine Raider Battalion
under the command of Lt. Col. Evans Carlson. Known as "Carlson's
Raiders", this elite combat unit participated in numerous
campaigns in the Pacific theater including the occupation
of Guam, Emirau Island and Enogai, New Georgia Island. Jim
was awarded The Unit Letter of Commendation, Asiatic Pacific
Area Ribbon with 4 stars and The Honorable Service Lapel Button
for his service. Post-war, Jim remained active in the Marine
Raider Association and attended many of the annual reunions
over the years. Jim was a testament to the motto; "Once a
Marine, Always a Marine". SEMPER FI, Jim, you will truly be
Visitation will be held from 11am until 12:15pm on Thursday,
June 4, 2009 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with services
beginning at 12:15pm with Dr. Barry Howard officiating. Burial
will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist
Church, ROC Fund, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501.
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
STROCCHIO, MARTIN E.
Martin E. Strocchio, age 86, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2007.
Beloved husband for 63 years of Marian, Nee Brandt; loving
father of Marty and the late Fred Strocchio; cherished grandfather
of Fred's sons, Ricky and Brett Strocchio, and Marty's son,
Michael Gentile; dear brother of Millie (late Harry) Furlong
and the late Frank and Edward Strocchio; fond uncle and great-uncle
of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., from
Egan Funeral Home, 3700 W. 63rd St., to St. Gall Church, Mass
9:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Monday,
2 to 9 p.m. Mr. Strocchio was a WWII USMC Veteran. 773-582-200
STROHMEYER, RAYMOND M.
JOSHUA — Funeral services for Raymond M. Strohmeyer, 87,
of Joshua, Texas, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March
4, 2011, in Rosser Funeral Home Chapel with Darrell Morgan
Jr., Jarrod Pace and Jordan Pace officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenacres Memorial Park.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3,
2011, at Rosser Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Lain, Waymon Lain, Tony
Strohmeyer, Jerry Strohmeyer, Larry Pace, Cody Ortiz, Darrell
Morgan Sr. and George Williams.
Mr. Strohmeyer passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his
home. He was born in White Deer, Texas, on April 3, 1923,
the son of Margaret (Holler) and George A. Strohmeyer.
Raymond served his country in the United States Marines in
the 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion during World War II where
he was awarded The Purple Heart for wounds received during
the battle of Okinawa, and served during the occupation on
He married Wanda Lee Strohmeyer on Sept. 21, 1946, in Dumas,
Texas. Raymond and Wanda raised six children of their own
and also opened their home to family and friends in times
He was a member of Cleburne First Assembly of God Church.
Raymond was a retired brick mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda; son,
Jerry Claude Strohmeyer; grandson, Dustin Ray Morgan; six
brothers; and two sisters.
Raymond is survived by his sons, Kenneth Strohmeyer of Joshua,
Cary Strohmeyer and wife, Donna, of Stephenville; daughters,
Kathy Young of Fort Worth, Karen Morgan and husband, Darrell
Sr., of Alvord, Carlene Lain and husband, Waymon, of Cleburne,
and Melinda Pace and husband, Larry, of Burleson; sister Marvis
Hall of Landrum, S.C.; sister-in-law, Lovana LaFarnara and
husband, Larry, of Venus; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University
of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77030 or to Faith Field (for special needs children),
3000 N.W. Loop, Stephenville, TX 76401.
Rosser Funeral Home, 1664 W. Henderson St., Cleburne, TX
SWANN, CARL W., JR.
A memorial service for Carl W. Swann, 82, of Rolling Meadows,
will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Community
Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows.
Born June 21, 1924, in Wichita, Kan., he died Tuesday, Jan.
9, 2007, at home. Mr. Swann was a veteran of WWII, serving
with the Marine Corps, Third Division, in the Pacific Theatre.
He received a Purple Heart. He had worked as a lather for
many years. He was a Pilgrim in the Loyal Order of the Moose
Lodge 376 in Morton Grove, a member of Local 74 Lathers Union,
a member of the Marine Corps. League and at the Rolling Meadows
Senior Center. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia
and sister Mary (Charles) Wilson. Mr. Swann is survived by
his daughter Celeste (Larry) Kistler, grandchildren Diane
Riggs and Molly Kistler, great-grandchild Makenzie Riggs,
and brother Harold (Quanita) Swann. In lieu of flowers, contributions
to the Heartland Hospice, 220 North Smith St., Palatine, 60067.
Funeral arrangements by Meadows Funeral Home.
SWANSON, JOHN M.
John Morley Swanson Sr. died from complications of Alzheimer’s
disease May 24, 2008. He was 91 years old. He lived a long
and full life.
John was born to Arthur Alfred Swanson and Eva Geneva Morley
in Superior, on Sept. 12, 1917. He was raised in Shell Lake
with his brother, Kelley Swanson, who preceded John’s death,
and a sister, Gloria Swanson, who lives in Washington, Mo.
John was a member of the United States Marine Corps and a
World War II veteran. He served his country as one of Carlson’s
Raiders in the South Pacific. John looked forward to the Raider
Reunions and was an active attendee until just a few years
John married Grace Braid on March 5, 1944, in Rockford, Ill.,
and their union produced three children: John Morley Swanson
Jr., Escondido, Calif., Wayne Arthur Swanson Sr., Menifee,
Calif., and Mary Louise Stewart, Pembroke Pines, Fla. After
the war, the family relocated to Southern California, living
in Carson and Long Beach. John and Grace divorced in 1983.
His children survive him, as well as their spouses Joanne,
Becky and Peter, respectively. He is also survived by grandchildren
John, Trisha and Stephan, Ross, Tara, Kim and Matthew; Michael,
Wayne Jr., Jennifer, David, Brandon and Corey; and Lindsay;
15 great-grandchildren with another due in December; Noleen
Allebaugh, his companion, friend, caretaker and sweetheart
of many years, and her children, Bob, Ray and Margaret and
John worked in the trades, primarily as a carpenter and electrician,
practically from the time he could swing a hammer. After John
retired, he and Noleen enjoyed gardening, traveling, hiking,
nature walks, wood crafting and many other hobbies. They were
regular visitors to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, the aquarium
as well as many other local events, including the Long Beach
Grand Prix. John and Noleen were never at a loss for things
to do, and they were always busy or on the go.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. His children
will bring his ashes to Shell Lake, as he so wanted to go
back to Shell Lake and that was all he talked about in his
final years. His children have fond memories of their childhood
vacations in Shell Lake and say it will be good to take him
SWEEDA, JOSEPH J.
Joseph J. Sweeda, 79, of West Bergh Street, Hudson section
of Plains Township, died Friday [January 4, 2002] in New Jersey.
Born in the Hudson section of Plains Township, he was a son
of the late John and Anna (Nowak) Sweeda. He was a 1940 graduate
of Plains Memorial High School, 1950 graduate of Mansfield
University and received his master's of education degree from
Alfred University, New York, in 1952. He joined the U.S. Marine
Corps before World War II and was a Marine Corps veteran of
World War II, serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion
in the South Pacific. He was attached to the Amphibious Corps,
serving under Col. Edson, and was on the first assaults of
Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He received two Purple Hearts, among
many other decorations and later was a drill instructor in
Quantico, Va., until his discharge. He was a teacher for the
New York State Reformatory, Elmira, N.Y., for over 25 years,
until retiring. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Hudson,
and first president of the Hudson Servicemen's Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jane McNeil;
brother, Edward F.; and sister, Isabelle Yanaitis.
Surviving are his sisters, Sylvia Loferski, Providence, R.I.;
and Irene Latosek, Kendall Park, N.J., with whom he resided;
and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Mark V. Yanaitis
Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township, with a funeral
Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Plains Township. Interment will
be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, Kingston Township.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Memorial
donations may be made to St. Joseph Church.
SWEENEY, JOHN B.
Col. John B. Sweeney, 90, USMC (ret.), of Durango, Colo.,
and formerly of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Aug. 15,
2009, from natural causes, with family by his side. John was
born in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1918, to Mary Elizabeth Creenane
and James Michael Sweeney. After graduating from Rosary High
School, he went on to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati,
where he played basketball and graduated in 1940 with a degree
in economics, and went on to receive his masters degree in
psychology at Ohio State University in 1952. John was commissioned
as a second lieutenant in May 1941, at Quantico, Va. He volunteered
for duty with then Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson, "Red Mike,"
commanding officer, First Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,
also located at Quantico. As a combat troop leader, John served
under Edson's leadership in 1942 in the South Pacific in World
War II. During that period, he played a key role in the seizure
of both Tulagi Island and the seizure of Tasimboko Village
on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. He was instrumental in defending
the strategic airstrip, Henderson Field, on Guadalcanal by
his heroic leadership during the epic battle of "Bloody Ridge"
(now known and dedicated as "Edson's Ridge"). John, a 23-year-old
commander of "B" Company, was awarded the prestigious Navy
Cross for "extraordinary heroism." He was also awarded the
Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal,
American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
John married the love of his life, Helen (Amrhein) Sweeney,
Sept. 28, 1946, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, in Los Angeles.
He was immediately assigned to the First Battalion, 5th Marines,
from October 1946 to June 1947, where he received the Chinese
Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with
four bronze stars. In 1957, he served in the Korean Conflict,
as the senior advisor to the Republic of Korea Marine Corps
Schools. John had an illustrious and exemplary 26-year career
in the Marines, culminating in Vietnam, where he served as
chief of staff of 3rd Marine Division (1966-1967), in Phu
Bai and Danang. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat
"V," the Cross of Gallantry with Palm from the Republic of
Vietnam, as well as the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal
with one star and the Campaign Medal with device. He retired
June 1, 1967. John went on to have a second career as a college
administrator, first in his hometown of Columbus at Ohio Dominican
College and then 16 years as registrar at California State
University at Fullerton. During this time, he served as chairman
of the Planning Commission and was elected to the San Juan
Capistrano City Council for two years. In 1985, after retiring
from CSU, John and Helen took up golf and, in 1990, moved
to the community of Sun City Summerlin, in Las Vegas, where
they could pursue their passion for playing golf year round.
They remained in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years. For the last
10 years, John and Helen were summer residents of Durango,
playing golf at their favorite course, Hillcrest. They were
married for 58 years before Helen passed away in January 2005.
In May 2008, John moved to Durango until his passing. John
has finished his last tour of duty here on Earth, where he
served his country with honor, and we are so proud of his
accomplishments. He was a special and loving father. He had
a great sense of humor and knew no strangers. We will miss
his ever-ready smile and that Irish twinkle in his blue eyes.
He always lent a helping hand and looked out for the less
fortunate, especially helping the children in the foster care
system obtain a college education. He believed education to
be the key to a successful and fulfilling life. He also had
a passion for basketball, football and most definitely golf.
John is survived by his daughters, Kate Sweeney of Durango,
Kristine Sweeney (John Grau) of Bethesda, Md., and Helen Mary
Sweeney of Garden Grove, Calif.; son, John Sweeney Jr., and
his partner, Danielle Dalley and their daughter, Luna, all
of Durango; and grandson, Brendan Sweeney Grau of Bethesda.
A funeral Mass was held for John, Saturday, Aug. 22, at St.
Columba Catholic Church in Durango. John's remains will be
laid to rest, with full military honors, next to his beloved
wife, Helen, at Arlington National Cemetery, at a later date.
A memorial contribution may be made to Xavier University,
Attn: Marsha Losito, 3800 Victory Parkway, ML7730, Cincinnati,
OH 45207, or Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road,
Columbus, OH 43219.
SWIFT, CHARLES E.
Charles E. Swift, 80, of West Bend, died Thursday, July 17,
2003 at the Samaritan Health Center, West Bend.
He was born on Dec. 4, 1922 in Springfield, Mo. to the late
Charles and Villa Mae (nee Morris) Elvy.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and then serviced
in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as a
member of the elite C Company First Platoon Fourth Marine
Raiders. He was wounded several times and was the last surviving
member of his platoon.
After his return from the war, he was united in marriage
to Priscilla Wegner on Feb. 2, 1946 in Wood, Wis. He was employed
at the Milwaukee Railroad and Phillips Tile Co. in Milwaukee
for several years.
He then worked at the West Bend Company for 27 years, retiring
He was an avid fisherman, gardener and reader.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; five children, Priscilla
(Robert) Fitz of West Bend, James (Carol) of Allenton, Leslie
(Mariheart) of Branson, Mo., Henrietta (Kurt) Schmid of West
Bend and Rebecca (Clyde Stokes) Kurtz of Eldorado; 10 grandchilden
15 great grand-children; two sisters, Gereline Murphy of Desert
Hot Springs, Calif. and Rebecca (Irvin) Jeffers of Huntington
Beach, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Seramur of West
Bend and Lowine Wegner of Pardeeville; a brother-in-law Fred
(Joan) Wegner of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives
He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Swift; a grandson,
Cody; two great-grandsons, Daniel and Dalton; a sister, Bertha
Wilkerson and a brother, Esco.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
at Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m.
until the time of service.
TABER, DAVID P.
David P. Taber, 87, of 7837 N. Main Street, Canastota, died
peacefully at his home on Monday [May 16, 2005]. He had lived
in Canastota all his life, attending the Canastota Schools.
Dave was married to Janet Hood for 32 years. He was a well
respected, self-employed crop farmer in Canastota for 40 years,
retiring in 1983. Dave was a veteran of World War II, serving
overseas in the Solomon Islands with the elite Edson Raiders
of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Purple Heart and Silver
Star recipient. Dave was predeceased by a son, Lance M. Taber.
Survivors: one son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Rosemary
Aubeuf of Holland Patent; three daughters and two sons-in-law,
Penny Froelick of Utica, Ruth Taber and David Zogby of Clinton,
and Melissa and Douglas Tuttle of Jupiter, FL; his longtime
and special companion, Betty Avery of Canastota; his mother-in-law,
Mabel Hood of Oneida; one sister-in-law, Josephine Taber of
Oneida; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services with Military Honors will be held 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2005, at St. Agatha's Church, Canastota.
Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery, Oneida. All are invited to
attend a luncheon for family and friends at St. Agatha's Center,
following the services at the cemetery. Calling hours Friday
from 5 to 9 p.m. at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc.,
201 James Street, Canastota.
Contributions: Greater Lenox Ambulance Service, Inc., PO
Box 382, Canastota, NY 13032. J. Homer Ball Funeral Home,
Inc. Canastota 697-2294
TEBO, GORDON L.
Gordon Tebo Sr, age 76, December 25, 1998. Beloved husband
of the late Shirley. Dearest father of Gordon Jr. (Anita),
Craig, Sheryl (Charles) Diez, Wayne (Diane), Brian (Rose)
and Colleen. Also 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Brother of Gladys Barnes and Eugene Tebo. Step-brother of
Louie, David and Edwin Wright. Visiting Sunday 3-9 and Monday
Noon-9 with Vigil Service Monday 7 p.m. at the A. H. Peters
Funeral Home 32000 Schoenherr at Masonic (13 Mile) in Warren.
Instate Tuesday 10 a.m. at St. Martin DePorres Catholic Church,
31555 Hoover Rd., Warren until time of Mass 10:30 a.m. Contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southeastern MI or Turning Point
of Mt. Clemens.
TEGGE, JOHN P.
John Patrick Tegge, 75, of Caldwell, died Thursday, February
10, 2000, in Hawaii. Memorial services will be held at 11
a.m., Monday, February 21, 2000, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church,
Caldwell, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
The family would like to invite friends to share stories at
a reception following services.
John was born April 1, 1924, in Miles City, Montana, to Philomena
G. Tegge and Randolf C. Tegge. "Pat," as most people
called him, along with his mother and older brother, Bill,
moved to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1930, and bought property at
3rd and Everett which remains in the family today. At the
height of the Depression, work was hard to come by for a single
mother and at a very young age the boys picked up anything
they could sell in their little red wagon.
They would clean heads of lettuce that the grocer would throw
out and sell it to the neighborhood ladies. During the cold
winter mornings, Pat built the fire in the furnace at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Scallon would either be too
cold or too warm. He cleaned toilets and spittoons at the
taverns to provide for the family. His education started in
Caldwell, then he attended Catholic grade school in Nampa
and returned to Caldwell High School, graduating in 1943.
In high school, he went to work for Clare Weeks at Quality
On June 16, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. From
a young age he enjoyed target practice with his rifle. Because
of his marksman ability he was assigned to the special unit,
Marine Raiders as a machine gunner. His unit was in the invasion
of Guam, participated in action against the enemy at the consolidation
of Northern Solomons, Emirau Island, St. Matthias Group and
the Marianas Islands. Pat received an honorable discharge
on November 8, 1945. He was proud to be a United States Marine.
He returned to Caldwell and worked at Quality Market. He
met and married Irene Rinker and moved to Moscow, Idaho, to
attend the University of Idaho. While at Moscow his wife returned
to Caldwell, where his daughter Patricia was born. He started
his career in heavy construction working with Morrison Knudsen
and Henry J. Kaiser Construction Co. He worked on large projects
such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, Bonneville Dam, The Dalles
Dam, the John Day Dam and many large bridges, always returning
to Caldwell between jobs.
In 1958, he was a candidate for Caldwell’s first full-time
mayor. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus
and Elks Lodge, a forty-two year member of A.F.L. and C.I.O.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
Pat worked on all the dams on the Columbia River making The
Dalles, Oregon, his second home for 19 years, where he met
and married Nadine Erickson. He finished his career working
in Juneau, Alaska, returning to Caldwell to build their house
on the property where he grew up, and started to enjoy retirement.
Over the years he obtained private and commercial properties
in Caldwell and Honolulu, Hawaii. The family would spend the
winter months in Hawaii and summer months in Caldwell. He
enjoyed working on antique cars and getting together with
classmates and Marine Raiders for reunions. He served as president
to the Model T Car Club and twice served as chairman for the
1943 Class Reunion.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made
to the Veterans.
Pat is survived by his wife, Nadine; daughter, Patricia Tullius;
grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Lance R. Tullius, and John R.
Tullius; step-children, Tom Gibbons, Debra Sawyer, Jody Martin
and Dan Erickson; grandchildren, Erick Madsen, Monica Gibbons,
Stacy Sawyer, Lisa Sawyer, Curtis Erickson and Benjamin Erickson.
TERWILLIGER, EARL W.
Earl Walter "Terry" Terwilliger of Eugene died February 10
 of age-related causes. He was 85. The graveside service
was held March 3 in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington,
Terwilliger was born May 31, 1919, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,
to Walter and Hattie Phillips Terwilliger. He married Esther
Furst on Oct. 8, 1944, in San Diego.
He served in the Marines in the 3rd Marine Raiders. He served
aboard the USS Arizona before its destruction at Pearl Harbor
and participated in numerous battles in the Pacific. He was
injured in battle and received the Purple Heart.
Terwilliger received a bachelor's degree in sociology at
San Diego State College and worked as an adjudicator for the
Social Security Administration. He had lived in Eugene for
28 years and previously lived in San Francisco, San Diego,
Norwalk, Calif., and Half Moon Bay, Calif. He enjoyed riding
a bicycle, feeding birds, taking automobile trips and playing
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Carole Meyers
of Berkeley, Calif., Connie Smith of Nevada City, Calif.,
and Debbie Murray of El Cerrito, Calif.; a son, Donald of
Fremont, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of
THIEL, ALFRED E.
Alfred E. Thiel, age 78, of Clinton Township [July 15, 2000].
Husband of the late Ruth. Father of Jeffrey (Maribeth "Betsy"),
Paul, Tim, Terri and Jan Thiel. Grandfather of Michael, Jenna,
Justin and Carolyn. Brother of Annette Ratzel, Kenneth Thiel,
Pat Balmes, Joan Singler, Marguerite Kalthoff and the late
Visitation in Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home 233 NB
Gratiot, Mt. Clemens from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services
will be held Wednesday. For funeral information call the funeral
home at 810-468-4509. Memorial contributions to the American
Cancer Society of MI.
THOMAS, JOHN D.
John D. Thomas, 83, of Paso Robles and formerly of Lodi,
died Jan. 1  in his home. He was born Jun 26, 1922.
Mr. Thomas was raised in Lodi, where he graduated from Lodi
High School. He also lived in Paso Robles for 50 years. He
served in World War II as a Marine (Carlson's Raiders) at
Iwo Jima, where he received a Bronze Star for his service.
He was a member of Semper Fi and was the president of the
Lion's Club in the 1960s. He was a member of the Elks Lodge
and the American Legion. He owned and operated Mervilyn's
Flower Shop. He is survived by his wife, Nell; sister, Marjorie;
sons, Steve and Brent; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society. Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
THOMPSON, CHARLES D.
Charles D. Thompson passed away on December 4, 2011 due to
complications from an automobile accident. He was born on
October 7, 1922 in Brockton, Mass. to Charles and Mabel Thompson.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He served
in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in 1945, participated in action
in Bougainville and the consolidation of the Northern Solomons.
He was a member of Lt. Col. Carlson's Second Raider Battalion
in the South Pacific.
He was announcer on the Bell Telephone Hour and also did
some acting and modeling in his younger years. Charles also
worked for the Reynolds Aluminum Company for several years
and then went to Boss Gloves as a salesman. He retired from
there and started his own business Pacific Glove and Supply
which he ran for about 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara, three daughters;
Paula (Raymond) Hernick of New York, Pamela Yaco of New York
and Heather (Jeff) Stewart of Sun Valley, Nev., three stepchildren;
Sharon (Phil) Bettencourt of Rocklin, David Kuhn of Auburn
and Patricia (Steve) Tani of Cupertino, Calif. and several
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles
and Mabel Thompson.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 7, 2012 at
12 p.m. at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, Auburn,
Calif. at 12 p.m.
TODACHEENE, CARL L.
Carl L. Todacheene "Kes-woody," 79, joined our
Heavenly Father on the eve of May 10, 2005, at UNM Hospital
in Albuquerque, after succumbing to a short but devastating
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Monday, May 16, at the
World Harvest Center, 1024 N. Butler Ave. in Farmington. Burial
will follow at the Todacheene family cemetery in Sheep Springs.
A potluck reception will follow at the Sheep Springs Chapter
House, bring your own chairs.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral
Home & Crematory, 103 E. Ute Street in Farmington.
TOLKO, JOSEPH H.
Joseph H. Tolko, February 8, 2007, age 85. Beloved husband
of the late Delphine (Dot). Loving father of Kimberlee Marie
Ordiway. Grandfather of Justin (Sarah) Lawrence and John Ordiway.
Great-Grandfather of Allie Marie Lawrence. Brother of Irving
Tolko. Loved by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation Sunday 1-9pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home,
37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Funeral Service Monday 1:00pm
at the funeral home. Interment Glen Eden Cemetery. Contributions
may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mio, Michigan.
TONEY, HARLEY H.
STANLEY - Mr. Harley HaGue Toney, 90, of 514 Old Mt. Holly
Road, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at Gaston Memorial
A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Cicero
Toney and Dora Jones Toney. After joining the Marines and
serving in World War II, Mr. Toney was wounded in the invasion
of Guadalcanal, thus receiving the Purple Heart for his actions.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
first wife, Willie Greene Toney.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie Mae Byers Toney of Stanley;
one stepson, Roy Dillard Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Gastonia;
three stepdaughters, Lula Carter and husband, Bobby, of Gastonia,
Jeanette Quick of Gastonia and Frances Rhyne and husband,
Bobby, of Dallas; two brothers, Paul V. Toney of Ellenboro
and Dr. Robert Toney of Bostic; one sister, Evelyn Bailey
of Mooresboro; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren;
and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral: Thursday, Mar. 5, 3 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church
Visitation: The family will receive friends Thursday, 1:30
to 2:30 p.m., before the service, at the church family life
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park with miliary honors by the
Rutherford County Honor Guard
Officiated by: The Rev. Jim Loftis and Dr. Robert Toney
Memorials: Rankin Lake Baptist Church, 2705 Gastonia Dallas
Highway, Dallas, NC 28034
Funeral home: McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home
Albert Toth, Age 84, of Hersey, formerly of Allen Park. July
27, 2009. Beloved husband of Shirley. Loving father of Eva
(Joe) Toth, Barbara (Ted) Deming and April (Mike) Hamilton.
Proud grandfather of Kimberley (Jim), Jodi (Dennis), Theo,
Benjamin and Austin. Great grandfather of Tharon, Julianna,
Emerson and baby boy Klutz. Dear brother of Helen Kukola.
Preceded in death by a sister Irene Kurtz and a brother Elmer
TOUCHSTONE, W. L., JR.
Funeral services for W.L. Touchstone, 79, of Farmersville,
were held March 26, 2004, at the First Baptist Church Draper
Chapel in Wylie. Interment followed in the Wylie Cemetery.
Dr. A.L. Draper, the Rev. Billy Joe Harris and the Rev. Thomas
Mr. Touchstone died on March 22  at his home.
He was born April 14, 1924 in Dallas County to William L.
and Mamie Bell (Casteel) Touchstone. He served in the U.S.
Marines during World War II and was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Wylie.
Survivors include his wife, Syble (Spruill) Touchstone of
Farmersville; daughter, Marion Bird of Joshua; son, Ricky
J. Touchstone of Farmersville; brother, Harold Touchstone
of Commerce, and four grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allen Funeral Home.
Mr. Towne, who died February 18 , in Portland, Oregon,
was 89 years of age. Born in Wisconsin, he moved to California
when he enlisted in the Marine Corps during 1941. He was awarded
the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for bravery on Iwo Jima
Mr. Towne was employed by the State of California for 34
years and retired in Sacramento during 1984.
He was a volunteer for Big Brothers, Suicide Prevention and
a Small Claims Court Judge in Sacramento.
He and his surviving wife of 42 years, May, moved to Vancouver,
Washington, during 1990.
TRATEBAS, RUSSELL L.
Russell Tratebas, of Kouts, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 in
Kankakee, Ill. he was 83.
He was born Oct. 6, 1921 at Tratebas Mill on Tratebas Rd.
in Jackson Twp., the son of John and Opal Adelia (Barber)
Tratebas II, both of whom preceded him in death.
On June 23, 1956, he married Edith May Downs, who preceded
him in death in May of 1963.
He is survived by a son, David Tratebas of Kouts; a daughter,
Katherine (Jeff) Stevens of Lebanon, Ind. and three brothers,
Edmund Tratebas of Nashville, Ind. George Tanner and Allen
Tanner, both of Yuma, Ariz.
He was also preceded in death in 1998, by a brother, John.
Russell was a retired truck driver for Smith Nuppnau Ready
Mix in Valparaiso and a member of Teamster’s Union Local #142.
He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, E Company, BN
of Carlson’s Raiders and F Company 28th Marines and 5th Division
in WWII, and the Marine Raider Association in Lakeside, Calif.
Funeral services, Pastor Mike Eddy officiating, will be at
10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Interment
will be in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Bartholomew
Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.
For more information, please call 462-4102
TRENT, HARLAN E.
A memorial service for Col. Harlan E. Trent will be at 11
a.m. Monday at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Visitation will
be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Central Valley Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, N.J. 08543-3008.
Col. Trent, 77, of White City, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002,
at his home.
He was born March 23, 1925, in Bottineau, N.D.
He was a member of P Company, 4th Raider Battalion. He enlisted
in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1943. He rose through the
ranks and retired to the Rogue Valley in September 1971.
His service included overseas duty in World War II, the Korean
War and the Vietnam War. He was awarded several medals, including
the Purple Heart.
Upon retirement, he entered Southern Oregon College, earning
a master’s degree in education in 1973. He worked for the
state Employment Division, retiring again in 1981. After a
stint of self-employment, he worked for the Army 6th Division
in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1986 to 1987. He also served at
the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary in White City until 1993
in the psychology department, doing research in biofeedback
with post-traumatic stress disorder victims of the Vietnam
War. After retiring again, he purchased a service station
and auto repair business.
He served on the Ashland Planning Commission in 1977. He
also was an early member of the Rogue Valley Transportation
District board. From 1976 to 1985, he was active in community
justice programs as well as on several other committees.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, White City; a daughter,
Marta, and a son, Royal; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Central Valley Cremation and Funeral Care.
TRESS, ALAN M.
Alan M. Tress, 88, of Upper Darby died July 6, 2011 at Riddle
Memorial Hospital. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was
a student at West Philadelphia High School when WWII started.
He proudly enlisted and served in the U.S. Marines Corps,
Pacific Theater of Operations. After being discharged, Mr.
Tress was an Upper Darby Police Officer for 30 years, retiring
in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Fraternal Order
of Police and Upper Darby Legion Post 214. He also volunteered
with the Cardington Co. of the Upper Darby Fire Dept. Following
his retirement, he moved to Tampa, FL for 28 years where he
was an award winning shuffleboard player. He returned to Delaware
County 5 years ago to be near his family. Survivors: His wife
of 66 years Myrtle (nee Brown) Tress; his 4 sons Jeffrey E.,
Herbert C., Lee M. and Jay R.Tress; a sister Ellyn Tress;
4 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 11 AM Monday at the
Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Road, Drexel
Hill, PA 19026. Visitation: after 10 AM Interment: Arlington
Cemetery, Drexel Hill.
VANAC, CHARLES A.
Charles A. Vanac, USMC, WWII Veteran, age 86, at rest January
25, 2010. Loving husband of Dolores Zahorsky-Synak; dear brother
of Laddie J. (the late Dorothy) Vanac; uncle of Dorothy Vanac
and Laddie C. Vanac; great-uncle of Chad (Caroline) Henning
and Melissa Henning. 29-year veteran of the Chicago Police
Department. Visitation Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 2-8
p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2921
S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Funeral Services Friday, January 29,
9:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Woodlawn Mausoleum,
Forest Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American
Diabetes Association, 30 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2015,
Chicago, IL 60602 would be appreciated. For info: (708) 484-4111.
VAN DE WATER, FREDERIC F., JR.
Frederic F. Van de Water Jr., a reporter and editor for The
Associated Press for 23 years, died Saturday [May 11, 2002]
after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83.
Mr. Van de Water was a long time resident of Chesterfield
County. Mr. Van de Water was born November 30, 1918 in New
York City, New York, to Frederic F. Van de Water and Eleanor
Gay Van de Water.
Mr. Van de Water was a World War II veteran, having served
in the South Pacific Theater as a member of the Marine Corps.
Mr. Van de Water served with the Marine Raiders and later
with the 6th Marine Division when the Raiders were absorbed
due to heavy casualties during the early campaigns of the
After the war, Mr. Van de Water returned to New York to continue
his education. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury,
Vermont. He received his degree in journalism from Boston
University. He came to Richmond in 1950 to work with the Associated
Press. He met and married Virginia Maxine Clem the same year.
The couple had two children, both sons. Mr. Van de Water retired
from the Associated Press in 1972. He never left Richmond.
Mr. Van de Water was preceded in death by his parents in
1968 and his wife in 1990 after nearly 40 years of marriage.
He is survived by Jonathan D. Van de Water, also of Richmond
and Frederic F. Van de Water III of Hurricane, Utah. He is
also survived by his daughter-in-law, Lisa A. Van de Water
of Hurricane, Utah; granddaughter, Shannon Van de Water of
Richmond; grandson, Frederic F. Van de Water IV of Hurricane,
Utah; grandson, Wesley C. Van de Water of Hurricane, Utah;
granddaughter, Mary C. Van de Water also of Hurricane, Utah.
The family will be holding a private graveside service at
Dale Memorial Cemetery in Chesterfield. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations to the Parkinson's Research
Fund of choice.
VAN WINKLE, JAMES E.
James E. "Jim" Van Winkle, 81, a resident of the Forest Grove
community, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2003, at the Camelot
Care Center in Forest Grove.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday,
Aug. 19, at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308
Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Graveside Services will be held
at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Masonic Cemetery in
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately
following the chapel service, to be held in the fellowship
room of the funeral home.
Mr. Van Winkle was born Nov. 30, 1921, in North Bend, Ore.,
the son of Stanley and Regina (Liska) Van Winkle. His father
was a preacher in Central and Eastern Oregon, where Jim was
raised and received his education. He attended school in Prinville
and later Hubbard, where he graduated from High School.
He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign,
Ill., and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle
with his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1946. Jim then attended
Harvard University, receiving his Masters in Business Administration
Mr. Van Winkle was a Veteran of World War II, having served
in the United States Marine Corps. Jim was part of the 1st
Commando Unit called Carlson's Raiders at the Battle of Midway
and Guadalcanal. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1943
after being wounded in combat.
Jim worked in Insurance sales throughout his lifetime. During
the late 1950s and early 60s, Jim worked for Oregon Physician
Services as vice president in charge of sales. He later was
president of a life insurance company in Texas. In 1969, Jim
returned to Oregon, having been hired as one of the representatives
for AFLAC in the State of Oregon. Jim worked out of his Raleigh
Hills office for nine years until he retired in 1978.
He was a member of the Marine Raider Association and attended
their annual meetings/reunions. He received their monthly
newsletter, called the "Raider Patch," which he enjoyed reading.
Among his many interests, Jim enjoyed working with leather,
making gifts for many and passing on his craft to his sons.
He especially enjoyed carving and painting western scenes.
He also enjoyed gardening and watching the seasons from germinating
to growing to harvesting.
For a time, Jim served as Scoutmaster for his sons' Boy Scout
troop during the mid-60s.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers,
Johnny Van Winkle and Joseph Van Winkle both in 2002.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce
A. Van Winkle and Patricia McMackin of Banks, Ore.; Dr. Gary
W. Van Winkle of Eugene, Ore.; and David K. and Colleen Van
Winkle of Hillsboro, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa
J. and Henrique Lucas of Portland, Ore.; two sisters and a
brother-in-law, Mary and Cal Townsend of Colorado and Alison
Cronin of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren, William "Chip"
Van Winkle and his wife, Knico of Banks, Ore.; Benjamin "Ben"
Van Winkle of Los Angeles, Calif.; Daniel "Dan" Van Winkle
serving in the United States Army Reserves currently stationed
in Bagdad; Amber Van Winkle and Nathan Van Winkle both of
Hillsboro, Ore.; Zareen Van Winkle of Boca Raton, Fla.; and
Saadia Van Winkle of Seattle, Wash.; and Joshua Lucas of Portland,
Ore.; a great-grandson, Garrett James Van Winkle and several
nieces, nephews and cousins including Jerry and Diane Van
Winkle, Norvan Liska, and Darrell Liska.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions
to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center
Dr., Reston, Va., 20190 or to The Wilderness Society, 1615
M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C., 20036 in his memory.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home (503-357-2161) in Forest
Grove is in charge of the arrangements.
VIERLING, FRANK C.
F.C. ``Duke'' Vierling, passed away Aug. 16, 2000, at The
Cleveland Clinic following bypass surgery. A former resident
of Greensburg, Duke was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Chicago, to
Gilbert and Lillian Vierling. Duke enlisted in the U.S. Marine
Corps after high school and served with Edson's Raiders in
Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. A memorial service will be held
in October at The Chapel by the Sea, Fort Myers Beach. In
lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Duke's name to
your favorite charity.
VILLARRUBIA, WALLACE J.
Wallace Joseph Villarrubia, on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
at 3:30 A.M. Beloved husband of Mona Valeton Villarrubia.
Father of Wallace J. 'Skip' Villarrubia, Jr. and the late
Gary Valeton Villarrubia. Son of the late Elvin and Corrine
Villarrubia. Brother of Shirley Cummings, June Dailey, Forrest
Villarrubia and the late Alice Soniat, Nelda Villarrubia,
Elvin 'Brother' Villarrubia and Louise Jurisch. Age 80 years,
a native of Lacombe, LA and a resident of Metairie for the
past 27 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited
to attend the funeral services from the funeral home of Jacob
Schoen and Son, 3827 Canal St. on Friday, November 22, 2002
at 1:30 P.M. Interment in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Friends
may call after 11:00 A.M. Friday.
VITANTONIO, MICHAEL K.
Michael K. "Vitt" Vitantonio [March 20, 2011], proud USMC
Veteran WWII, 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, beloved husband
of the late Leah Marie (nee Newbill), dear Dad of Claudia
Stallings, Eloise Wells, Thomas and Michael "Mickey," loving
grandfather of ten, great-grandfather of four, brother of
Luisa Gonzales, brother-in-law of Norma Brooks. Memorial Mass
10 a.m., Friday, March 25th, at Sts. Robert and William Church,
367 East 260th St., Euclid, OH. Interment All Souls Cemetery,
Chardon, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the
Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 would
be appreciated. Arranged by Crobaugh-Danaher Funeral Home,
VOIGHT, DEAN S.
Dean S. Voight, 85, Medford, died Saturday, Feb. 2 
at his home under the care of his family and Hope Hospice.
He has been a resident of Medford for the past 32 years.
Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted
the family with arrangements.
WALKER, THOMAS W.
Thomas W. Walker Sr., 87, of Mentor, passed away on June
10, 2011, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Euclid.
Born Nov. 27, 1923, in Mansfield, Ohio, he was the son of
Mary E. (Bauer) and William J. Walker.
Mr. Walker served in the United States Marine Corps during
World War II. After enlisting in October 1942, he received
his basic training at Parris Island, S.C. Upon completion,
he left Norfolk, Va., on board the ship Henry T. Allen, traveling
through the Panama Canal to the South Pacific, where he joined
the first Marine Raider Battalion Company C in 1943 and served
in the Asiatic Pacific Theater until 1945. He received four
Battle Stars for action seen in New Georgia, Emirau, Guam
and Okinawa. He returned home Oct. 11, 1945, with the Sixth
Marine Division after action on Okinawa and it was announced
that Japan had surrendered.
A 38-year resident of Madison, he was a member of the American
Legion Post 601 Auxiliary, and a member of the Immaculate
He enjoyed gardening, RV camping, traveling and fishing.
Since the age of 7, his most favorite hobby was making balsa
wood airplanes, a love that would continue for the rest of
his life. He also loved the outdoors and spending time with
his family. His beautiful blue eyes and wonderful smile will
be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Claire A. Campbell,
on Nov. 10, 1945, and returned to his job at J&L LTV Steel
Company and retired after 32 years of service. He also worked
as a part-time maintenance man at McDonald's in Madison and
the NEO Hospital.
He is survived by his son, Thomas W. (Cindy) Walker Jr. of
Eastlake; daughter, Christine (John) Trusty of Mentor; granddaughter
Shannon (Ryan) Herda of Mentor; great-granddaughters, Shealyn
Marie, and McKayla Claire Herda; sister-in-law, Donna Walker
of Madison; nieces, Barbara G. Walker of Madison, and Robin
(Tim) DeMay of St. Petersburg, Fla.; great-niece, Angela M.
(Brian) Niehaus of Cincinnati; great-great-nieces, Mia and
Ella Niehaus; great-nephew, Patrick DeMay of Willowick; and
cousins, Michael J. Bauer of Painesville, and Charlotte Bauer
of South Euclid.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife
of 63 years, Claire; his brother, Robert S. Walker Sr. and
nephew, Robert S. Walker Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June
16, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2846 Hubbard
Road in Madison, with the Rev. Sean Donnelly officiating.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June
15, 2011, at the Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St. in
Final resting place will be at Madison Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve,
300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.
WALLACE, WILLIAM S.
William S. Wallace; of Clarkston; February 22, 2009; age
87. Husband of Docia; preceded in death by his first wife
Zetah; father of Nan (Guy) Henton; step-father of Connie (Bill
Sclesky) Morgan and Theresa (Terry) Harp; grandpa of Michele
(Craig) Morris, Lisa (Hassan) Salim, Chris (Carolyn) Morgan
and Andy (Katie) Harp; great-grandpa of Alex, Nick, Josh and
Sophie; brother of Betty Thorne. William was a retired conductor
for the Illinois Central Railroad and a member of Clarkston
United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #131 AF & AM, IL,
York Rite Bodies of Paducah, KY, Scottish Rite Bodies and
Rizpah Shrine Temple of Madisonville, KY, United Transportation
Union, American Legion and later a member of Sahib Shrine
Temple, FL. He was a four year veteran of WW II, having served
with the United States Marine Raider Battalions in the Pacific
Theater. Funeral Service Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 12:30
p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston
where friends may visit Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Interment Great
Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Memorials may be made to Disabled
Veterans of America or Shriners.
WALT, LEWIS W.
Gen. Lewis W. Walt, who won combat decorations in World War
II, Korea and Vietnam and later served as assistant commandant
of the Marine Corps, died Sunday [March 26, 1989] at a retirement
home in Gulfport, Miss., after a long illness. He was 76 years
General Walt, a husky, outspoken man who commanded 73,000
marines in the critical I Corps area in the five northernmost
provinces of South Vietnam from mid-1965 to mid-1967, had
a reputation of being a front-line general. A Vietcong mortar
round once exploded within 15 feet of him, wounding his aide.
On another occasion he walked across a mined bridge to confront
a group of dissident South Vietnamese troops while Marine
and Navy frogmen were cutting the wires leading to the explosive
General Walt was also a tireless advocate of what he called
''the other war'' in Vietnam: winning the hearts and minds
of Vietnamese civilians. One year the marines under his command
distributed 2.5 million pounds of food and 237,000 pounds
of clothing, and built 673 houses and 159 classrooms.
General Walt, who wrote three books after retiring from the
Marine Corps, described the contradictions of the Vietnam
War in an article for The New York Times in 1971. ''On the
one hand it was an extremely sophisticated war, with complex
weapons unlike even World War II or Korea,'' he wrote. ''On
the other hand it was a return to medieval war, pitting man
against man on a battleground where only the courageous could
win.'' News Media Role Cited
Like many American military officers, General Walt was frustrated
by what he regarded as a lack of public support for the nation's
troops in Vietnam, calling it the ''most misunderstood war
in our country's history.'' And, like many officers, he criticized
press and television coverage of the war.
But he rejected censorship and anticipated a point of view
that is slowly spreading among officers of the post-Vietnam
generation who are now students in the nation's war colleges.
''We are going to have to realize the supreme importance of
the news media in fighting political wars in the future,''
he said in 1969, ''or we will be faced otherwise with unpopular
wars wherever they are.''
Lewis William Walt was born on a farm near Harveyville, Kan.,
on Feb. 16, 1913. He received a Bachelor of Science degree,
with honors in chemistry, from Colorado State University,
where he was a star football player. He was commissioned as
a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on July 1, 1936.
The future general served as a platoon leader in Shanghai,
China, guarding the international settlement there after Japan
invaded northern China.
In World War II he took part in the first American ground
offensive in the Pacific theater, leading a company of the
First Marine Raider Battalion that landed on Tulagi in the
Solomon Islands in August 1942. He was awarded the Silver
Star for gallantry in that landing, and later joined the Fifth
Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal, where he was wounded in action
and promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel.
In 1944 he commanded the Third Battalion of the Fifth Marines
in the campaign for New Britain, where he won the Navy Cross,
the nation's second highest combat decoration, and was again
wounded in action. After recovering from his wounds he resumed
command of the battalion and won his second Navy Cross in
the landing on Peleliu, one of the Caroline Islands in the
In the Korean War he was promoted to colonel, served as a
regimental commander in 1952 and later as chief of staff of
the First Marine Division, and won the Bronze Star and Legion
of Merit. He attended the National War College in 1960, was
promoted to brigadier general and assigned as assistant commander
of the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejuene, N. C., in 1962.
After being promoted to major general in 1965 he commanded
the Third Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam, was promoted
to lieutenant general in 1966 and was awarded the Distinguished
Service Medal. He later said that, as the Marine commander
in the northern sector of South Vietnam, he had ''pleaded
and begged to go into Laos and across the DMZ,'' the demilitarized
zone that separated North and South Vietnam.
Until 1968 the Marine Corps had only one four-star general,
the Commandant. General Walt became the first officer in the
Corps to become its second four-star general after losing
a fight to become Commandant. He, Lieut. Gen. Victor H. Krulak
and Lieut. Gen. Leonard F. Chapman Jr. were the contenders.
General Chapman won out but General Walt got his fourth star
as assistant commandant.
In a news conference just before he retired in 1971, General
Walt criticized Congress, accusing it of following rather
than leading the people. He also criticized parents for not
teaching their children and local governments for not improving
schools. ''We need to educate our children on why we need
strong armed forces,'' he said. ''Neutrality is a great thing,
but who is going to enforce neutrality?''
General Walt's three books were ''Strange War, Strange Strategy,''
about the war in Vietnam; ''America Faces Defeat,'' about
the dangers confronting the nation, and ''The Eleventh Hour,''
about the urgency of the nation's problems.
The general's first marriage, to Nancy Mary Sheehan, an Army
nurse he met in World War II, ended in divorce. He is survived
by his second wife, June Burkett Jacobsen Walt, and two sons
and a daughter by his first marriage, Lewis W. Walt Jr., Lawrence
C. Walt and Mary K. Martin.
Joseph Walter, age 88, of 1838 Clermont St., Manitowoc, died
Monday, June 1, 2009, at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center,
He was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the
late John and Catherine (Sloboda) Walter. Joseph was a Marine
for 12 years. He joined the Marine Corps on Aug. 21, 1940,
and served with the 5th Marines after boot camp and later
with the 1st Marine Division, newly formed, in Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He was reassigned to Camp Lejeune,
N.C., in 1941 until WWII started. In 1942 Joseph left for
the South Pacific, and in American Samoa he trained with the
just organized 3rd Marine Raiders. His first combat duty was
in Guadalcanal. Joseph also took part in the Russell Island
Raid after which he went back to Guadalcanal. His next assignment
was the first wave into Bougainville Island, and after that
hard fight, his Raider unit was disbanded and made into the
4th Marine Regiment. The 4th went into Guam where Joseph received
his first of two Purple Hearts and then came down with malaria.
He spent the rest of the war in Hawaii and the United States
until joining the 28th Marines, 5th Division. He then participated
in the first wave into Japan. Following the war, Joseph remained
in the Marines as a recruiter serving in Manitowoc, where
he met and married his wife, Adeline Theisen, on August 11,
1948. Joseph was transferred to Quantico, Va., and later the
1st Marine Division in Korea where he was awarded his second
Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Marines in November
of 1952. Joseph returned to Manitowoc and worked as a tool
and die maker at Aluminum Specialty Co. until retiring in
1986. Joseph and Adeline enjoyed traveling and spending time
at their summer home in Door County.
Survivors include his wife: Adeline, Manitowoc; one son and
daughter-in-law: Michael and Marlene Walter, Menasha; three
daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Richard Sass, Sheboygan;
JoAnn and George DeNardis, Cleveland; Phyllis and James Hall,
Sagamore Hills, Ohio; six grandchildren: Timothy (Melissa)
Walter, Nashville, Tenn.; Steven Walter, Menasha; Michael
Sass, Sheboygan; Rebecca DeNardis, Cleveland; Christine DeNardis,
Cleveland, Andrew Hall, Sagamore Hills, Ohio; one sister:
Dorothy Bartow, Pa. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
also survive. He was also preceded in death by two brothers
and six sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday June 5, 2009,
at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo. Officiating at the Mass
of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Gerald Foley. Burial
will take place at Calvary Cemetery, where graveside military
rites will be accorded by the VFW Otto Oas Post 659.
The family will greet relatives and friends at The Pfeffer
Funeral Home, Manitowoc, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4,
2009. Visitation will continue Friday, June 5, 2009, at St
Francis of Assisi on Waldo from 10 a.m. until the time of
service at 11 a.m.
WANER, ROBERT L.
Robert Lloyd "Bob" Waner, age 85, of McPherson, KS, and formerly
of Florence, Kansas passed away at 10:15 AM, Sunday, July
17th, 2005 at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas.
Bob, the son of Andrew and Frances (Garrison) Waner, was
born March 14, 1920 on a farm near Florence, Kansas. He attended
school in the rural Florence area and as a young man he worked
with the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to plant shelter
belts around the state.
Bob was gathering cattle from a pasture near Cedar Point,
Kansas on the morning of December 7, 1941. Upon learning of
the attack on Pearl Harbor, he immediately joined the United
States Marine Corps. After completing boot camp he was assigned
to the elite "Carlson’s Raiders". After the Raider
unit was disbanded he was assigned to the 5th Marine Division,
2nd Battalion. As a Marine rifleman, he saw action on Midway
Island, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Iwo Jima. He also participated
in the Occupation of Japan.
Bob was awarded the Silver Star medal for conspicuous gallantry
against the enemy on Iwo Jima on March 22, 1945. He was wounded
in combat in this same action and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Sergeant Robert Waner was honorably discharged in 1946. In
their later years, Bob and Ruth attended numerous Raider reunions
and 5th Marine Division reunions around the country.
Returning to Kansas following the war, Bob began working
as a carpenter in the Junction City and Wichita areas.
Bob was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Adler on November
4, 1947 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Rectory, Florence,
Bob’s love of the grasslands and cattle brought him and his
family to the Diamond Creek Ranch in Wilsey, Kansas. There,
for 10 years, he managed a registered Hereford cow/calf operation
for the CK Ranch. Following their time at the CK, Bob and
Ruth purchased a farm located north of Florence. They farmed
the land, raised cattle and hogs and put up lots of hay. In
their spare time they began a custom hoofing trimming business
which took them to dairy farms all over the Midwest. This
was the beginning of a three generation business that continues
today with their grandson L. D. Waner.
Retirement brought them to McPherson, Kansas in 1989. Although
they moved to town, you just can’t take the country out of
some folks. Bob was one of those folks! Even though he was
officially retired, he was able to still do farm work for
Larry Weibert. This did wonders for his heart and soul! Bob
was a true cowboy. You could always count on Bob to be in
his signature outfit: wranglers, western shirt, boots and
hat. If you could not find Bob working at the Weibert farm,
you could find him enjoying a good western novel.
Bob not only loved the country he loved his bride, Ruth.
Wherever Bob was, you can be sure that Ruth was not far away.
They were definitely a twosome. They had over 57 wonderful
years of marriage and companionship.
Bob you are loved so much and will be missed!
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul
Waner; a sister, Ruth Garland; and a son-in-law, Loren Lundberg.
Surviving members of his family include his loving and devoted
wife, Ruth, of the home, McPherson, Kansas; his daughter Barbara
J. "BJ" Roe and her husband Steve, of Galva, Kansas;
his son, Alan R. Waner and his wife Doreen, of Ogallala, Nebraska;
his sister, Dorothy Hoffman and her husband Roger, of Florence,
Kansas; his brothers, John Waner, of Marion, Kansas, Vernon
Waner and his wife Henrietta, of Marion, Kansas, and George
Wilfred Waner and his wife Wanda, of Junction City, Kansas;
five grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; other relatives
and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2005,
Holy Family St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Florence, Kansas.
Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery, Florence, Kansas. Military
graveside rites will be provided by members of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 2715 and the American Legion Post 24,
both of McPherson.
WANGEN, ORVILLE E.
Orville E. Wangen, 81, of Austin, died Tuesday, July 23,
2002, at the Austin Medical Center.
He was born April 25, 1921, in Albert Lea, to Ed and Millie
He graduated from Austin High School in 1938.
He began work for the George A. Hormel Company in October
1938 and retired in June 1982 as the company's last blacksmith.
On April 25, 1941, he enlisted with the United States Marines.
During World War II, he engaged in four combats: Makin, Guadalcanal,
Bougainville and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Carlson's Raiders
and earned the Bronze Star in the invasion of Iwo Jima.
On April 19, 1947, he married Gretchen Van Camp at Queen
of Angels Catholic Church in Austin.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus,
Queen of Angels Church, Mower County Historical Society and
the U.S. Marine Raider Association.
Survivors include wife, Gretchen Wangen, Austin; daughters,
Joan Wangen, Elkader, Iowa; Barbara and Bryan Baker, Plymouth;
Mary and Steve Riles, Rochester; sons, Ed and Nikki Wangen,
Rancho Cordova, Calif.; William and Jodi Wangen, Austin; Jim
and Lynn Wangen, Edina; Dan Wangen, Rancho Cordova, Calif.;
six grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Heiny, Austin; brothers,
Russell and Norma Wangen, Austin; John Wangen, Cannon Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard,
Robert and Leo; sisters, Esther Wangen and Elaine Shroyer.
Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2002, with a 7
p.m. wake service and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the funeral home.
Service: 1 p.m., Saturday, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church
with Father William Becker and Pastor Russell Wangen officiating.
Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military
rites by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216.
Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.
Memorials: To donor's choice.
WARASKEVICH, JOSEPH A.
Joseph (Joe) A. Waraskevich, 87, of Winslow, passed away
early Saturday morning, May 10, 2008. Joe was born in Winslow
on January 17, 1921. The son of John and Victoria (Spirydovich)
Waraskevich, he was a 1939 graduate of Winslow High School.
He worked as a pipefitter at Scott Paper Company for 42 years,
taking a break only to serve in the United States Marine Corps
First Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during World War
He loved and enjoyed his camp at Roach Pond near Moosehead
Lake, where he spent his vacations and retirement. He and
his wife Lucie also enjoyed travel, visiting Canada and parts
of the United States, including Texas, where they attended
their youngest daughter’s wedding.
Joe was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and Elks
Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years Lucie (Bourgoin)
Waraskevich; son Anthony J. Waraskevich and his wife Nancy
of Waterville; daughter Carol A. Paradis and her husband Wayne
of Windham, Maine; daughter Lois Kinman and her husband Jeff
of Lewisville, Texas; four grandsons: Joey and Jared Waraskevich
of Waterville, Christopher Paradis of Mesa, Arizona, and Scott
Paradis of Windham.
A memorial service is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, May
15 at St. John Catholic Church in Winslow. In lieu of flowers,
donation can be made to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
on Elm Street in Waterville, Maine.
George Warholic, age 79, of Highland, Indiana, passed away
on Friday, November 2, 2001. He is survived by his loving
wife of 45 years, Violet; three children: Mark Warholic of
Crown Point, Tammi (John) Phillips of Lansing, IL, and Kris
(Michael) Elliott of Griffith; six grandchildren: Nicole Warholic,
J. J. and Matthew Phillips, Douglas, Becky and Taylor Elliott;
two step-grandchildren, Angie and Kent Elliott; one brother,
John (Grace) Warholic of Cleveland, OH and one sister, Mary
Gavlak of Madera, PA. Funeral services will be held Monday,
November 5, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. from the Kuiper Funeral Home
Chapel, Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of
Grace Church, Highland, Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial,
Catholic Cemeteries, Hammond, Indiana. Friends are invited
to meet with the family Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at
the Kuiper Funeral Hume, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south
of Ridge Road), Highland, IN. Mr. Warholic was it member of
Our Lady of Grace Church of Highland; retired from LTV Steel
after 37 years; Veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and member of
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chicago Heights, IL. Prayer service
Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
WARNER, FRANCIS G.
Mr. Francis (Frank) Warner, age 78, of Branan Lodge, Blairsville,
GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at St. Joseph’s
Hospital in Atlanta after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Warner was born on April 5, 1923, in Oconomowoc, WI.
He was a retired administrator for the Lutheran Church Schools.
He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II, seeing action
in the South Pacific and was a member of the Marine Corps
League; the U.S. Marine Raider Association; the Military Order
of the Devil Dogs; the American Legion; VFW and the National
Rifle Association. He also served as a missionary in South
America with the Lutheran Church. He was a member of All Saints
Lutheran Church of Blairsville, GA.
He is survived by his caring wife of 55 years, Jen Warner;
one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Nancy; two daughters
and sons-in-law; Christine and Gary Kafer and Catherine and
Charlie Sell; a son, David, preceded him in death. He had
nine grandchildren. Many other relatives and friends also
Memorial services for Mr. Warner were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
December 29, 2001, from the All Saints Lutheran Church of
Blairsville with the Revs. Ralph Weinrich and William Schultz
officiating. Interment followed at the Mansion Memorial Park
in Elenton, FL.
The Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of
WATKINS, ROBERT M.
Robert M. Watkins, 82, a longtime Quincy area resident, passed
away on Monday, August 5th, 2002 at his home.
He was born Jan. 9, 1920 to William E and Lucy (Moore) Watkins
in Burlington, WA. He attended school in La Conner and graduated
from high school there in 1937. He entered the U.S. Marine
Corps in August 1938, serving until his honorable discharge
in March 1945. He married Esther Succetti on March 1, 1942
at the United States Marine Base in San Diego, CA. Following
his discharge he was employed as a deputy sheriff for Skagit
County, and later owned and operated Watkins Appliance in
Seattle. The couple moved to the Frenchman Hills area in 1954
where he developed two farm units, where he farmed until his
illness forced him to slow down.
Mr. Watkins was a member of the Marine Raider Association,
the VFW, DAV and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
in Royal City. He is survived by his wife, Esther, sons John
and wife Janet Watkins of Seattle, Joel and wife Terri Watkins,
William and wife Ellen Clifton of Quincy. Mr. Watkins also
is survived by eight grandchildren.
Holy Rosary was recited on Friday, Aug. 9th at 7 p.m. and
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on Sat. Aug 10th,
2002, both from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
in Royal City. Burial followed in the Royal City Cemetery.
Scharbarch’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy was in charge
WATKINS, ROY E.
Roy E. Watkins, 83, of Big Spring died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006,
in a local hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15,
2006, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with
the Rev. Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church,
Joey Bacon, Gene Jones and Gary Bacon officiating. Interment
will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday
at the funeral home.
He was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., and married
Eloise Elizabeth Fain March 4, 1946, in Minneapolis.
Roy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1941 to
1947 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
He was a member of the Marine Raiders. Roy served on the Big
Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees for 11
years and was the president for eight. He was a member of
Local 826 Union of Operating Engineers where he served as
president for six years. He coordinated the labor for the
first Crippled Children’s Center. He enjoyed golf and was
an avid reader. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather
and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a faithful
member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Eloise Watkins of Big Spring;
three daughters and sons-in-law, Lorrie and Gene Jones of
Canyon, Monnie and Gary Bacon of Harlingen and Tammy and Tim
Yeats of Big Spring; one brother, Frank Watkins of Minneapolis,
Minn.; one sister, Patty Selton of Minneapolis, Minn.; eight
grandchildren, Joey Bacon, Jeff Bacon, Kimberly Potter, Kelli
Boylan, Kendra Jones, Keri Jones, Ryan Yeats and Ethan Yeats;
and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made
to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund or Missions Fund,
810 11th Place, Big Spring 79720.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch
Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
WATT, CARL W.
Carl W. Watt was a World War II combat veteran who served
27 years as a motorcycle patrolman with the Dallas Police
Mr. Watt, 81, died April 6  of natural causes at his
Rowlett home. He had health problems that included emphysema
and cancer, his family said.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Restland Memorial
"He might have been a grumpy old guy, but he would do anything
for anybody," said his son, W. Keith Watt of Garland. "He
helped out his kids a bunch. He helped people whenever he
Mr. Watt didn't talk much about his military or police service.
"It was kind of the era he grew up in. You kind of had to
be tough to survive," his son said.
Born in Sweetwater, Texas, Mr. Watt dropped out of high school
to serve in the Marines during World War II.
He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service
in the Gilbert and Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, his
son said. Mr. Watt was stabbed in the chest with a bayonet
and battled malaria for more than a year.
"He never talked about that stuff," his son said.
His family gained insight into his service from stories he
told a fellow Marine in Dallas.
Mr. Watt was part of the Makin Island raid as a member of
the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. He also took part in battles
at Tulagi, Bougainville and Guadalcanal. He was part of the
Long Patrol, a group of Marines who lived off the land and
rice taken from dead enemy soldiers. [Mr. Watt served in the
3rd Raider Battalion and did not participate in the Makin
raid or the Long Patrol].
Keith Watt said he learned that his father had fought at
Tulagi in the Solomon Islands while doing a report for an
American history class in 10th grade.
After completing his military service, Mr. Watt moved to
Garland, where his parents had moved while he was in the Marines.
He joined the Dallas Police Department about 1950.
"He started on the two-wheelers and did that for 12 years,
then he spent his last 15 years on three-wheelers in downtown
Dallas," his son said.
On Nov. 22, 1963, Mr. Watt was 100 to 150 feet behind President
John F. Kennedy's car in the ill-fated procession, his son
Mr. Watt dabbled in real estate sales after his 1978 retirement
from the Police Department, his son said.
He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite.
"He liked staying busy," his son said. "He and my mother
traveled quite a bit until she passed away."
Mr. Watt's wife, Nancy, died in 1990.
In addition to Keith, Mr. Watt is survived by three other
sons, Carl B. Watt of Salt Lake City, Mark Z. Watt of San
Antonio and Mike Watt of Balch Springs; five grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
WATZLAWICK, JOHN A., JR.
John A. Watzlawick Jr. of Hampshire Visitation for John A.
Watzlawick Jr., 87, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July
27, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, at the Fredrick
Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire, with private family
funeral services following, and burial with military honors
in Hampshire Center Cemetery. Born Nov. 4, 1922, in Belvidere,
the son of John and Elsie Watzlawick, he passed away Saturday,
July 24, 2010, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He
attended Elgin High School and proudly served in the Marine
Corps during World War II. John married Rosaline Claire Cawood
on Sept. 19, 1953, in South Elgin and had lived in Hampshire
since 1965. John retired after 25 years with Illinois Tool
Works Shakeproof Division. He had also bartended for many
years and was a school bus driver for School District #300.
He was a proud member of the VFW and had served as past commander
for Kane County. Surviving are his children, four sons, John
(Kay) of Blue Springs, Mo., James (Victoria) of Algonquin,
Joseph of Dundee and Jerold (Michelle) of Bement and daughter,
Jody, a resident of T.A.C. House in Aurora; 11 grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents; his wife, Rosaline on Oct. 7, 1997; a daughter, Elsie
Ziegler; a son, Michael; a grandson, Scott' and six brothers
and sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in
his name may be directed to the T.A.C. House. For information,
WEHNER, WILLIAM J.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — One death and injury to another man were
reported here in the wake of a small tornado that moved across
Perry County Saturday afternoon [April 5, 1958]; William J.
Wehner, 36, a lineman with Citizens Electrical Co. of Ste.
Genevieve, Mo., died of electrical burns near Brewer, Mo.;
injured was Joseph Futynick, 45.
WEIDINGER, EDWARD J.
Edward J. Weidinger, 74, of N. Stephen St., Oregon, died
Thursday December 5, 1996 in his residence. He was born March
1, 1922 in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Ruby Cummins) Weidinger.
He married Mildred K. Schnabel on September 25, 1946 in Moline,
OH and she survives. Mr. Weidinger was a former member of
First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oregon. Edward was a WWII
Marine Corps veteran and received a Purple Heart for his wounds.
He was a member of Maumee Valley VFW Post #2510.
Survived by wife, Mildred K. Weidinger; son, Robert F. (Roberta)
Weidinger of Hawaii; daughter, Sharon A. Weidinger of Toledo;
grandson, Tim E. Weidinger of Oregon; granddaughters, Joleen
and Lauralye of Hawaii; brother, Jerry (Doris) Weidinger;
and sister, Mary Jane. He was preceded in death by his son,
Dennis J. Weidinger in 1991.
Memorial services will be conducted Monday, December 9, 1996
at 4 p.m. at Clegg- Abele Funeral Home, 522 E. Broadway, (691-2481).
There will be no visitation. Interment will be private.
WEILAND, WILLIAM R.
ENCINITAS, Calif. - William "Bill" Ransom Weiland was born
on July 9, 1921 in Orange, N.J. He was the son of Laura Valentine
and George Weiland.
He died on June 16, 2009, after a long illness in Encinitas,
Bill graduated from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and entered
Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Upon the declaration of World War II, in 1941, he enlisted
in the Marine Corps and served in the Marine Raider Battalion.
His tour of duty took him to the South Pacific, where he fought
in Guadalcanal, Guam, Bougainville and Emirau. He earned two
Purple Hearts during the service to his country as well as
a field commission during the battle of Guam.
Upon his return home, he married Barbara Sherman Vaiden,
a friend he had known since childhood. They lived in Missoula
for 33 years.
Bill graduated from Colorado A&M with a Bachelor of Arts
and a Bachelor of Science degrees and went on to Yale, where
he received his master's degree in forestry. Bill began his
career working for Broderick Wood Product Co. in Granby, Colo.
He went on to work for U.S. Plywood in Anderson, Calif., and
then to Champion International in Bonner. He retired as general
manager of the Rocky Mountain Division of Champion in 1972.
Bill loved the outdoors. He was an avid mountain climber
and scaled countless peaks in Canada, Switzerland, Patagonia,
Tibet and the United States, including the nation's highest
mountain, Mount McKinley. When not climbing, he spent his
time skiing and hiking with his family and friends, often
accompanied by his dogs.
He is survived by his wife Bobby; and four children, John
Weiland of Palmer, Alaska, Patricia Zay of Memphis, Tenn.,
Forrest Weiland of Vista, Calif., and Bill Weiland Jr. of
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He has seven grandchildren and three
Remembrances may be sent to Silverado Hospice 3750 Convoy
St., San Diego, CA 92111.
WEISNEWSKI, JOSEPH A.
BELLEVUE, Iowa - Joseph A. Weisnewski, 83, of 912 Jefferson
Ave., Bellevue, died of cancer at 2:40 p.m. Monday, March
19, 2001, at Mill Valley Care Center.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church, Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends
may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kingery Funeral Home,
Bellevue, where there will be a scripture service at 5 p.m.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1918, in Pittsburgh, son of Stanley
and Mary C. (Czernik) Weisnewski.
The family moved to Wheeling, W.Va., where he graduated from
Warwood High School. He attended West Liberty Teacher's College
and on June 20, 1938, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.
After basic training in Parris Island, S.C., "Ski," as he
was now called, attended Sea School in Portsmouth, Va. He
was assigned to the USS Honolulu from 1938-1940. He then was
transferred to Camp Elliot, San Diego, where he was chosen
to join the 2nd Raider Battalion, under the command of Colonel
Evans Carlson and Major James Roosevelt. Ski participated
in action against the Japanese at Guadalcanal and Bougainville,
both in the Solomon Islands, from May 1942 to April 1944.
After some time spent in the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park,
San Diego, Ski transferred to the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval
Air Station, Seattle. There he met his future wife, WAVE Mary
E. Mueller, of Bellevue. They were married on Nov. 30, 1944,
in the base chapel. Orders came again and Ski reported to
The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., where he became first sergeant
of the Marine detachment on the USS Little Rock. When he resumed
shore duty, he was assigned to the Naval Prison at Portsmouth
N.H., as prison administrator. Here their first child, Joseph
Stanley, was born.
There followed a number of duty tours as a Marine recruiter
in Wisconsin, while living in Sparta Wis., their daughter
Anne Marie (Anya) was born.
Korea was Ski's next scene of action with him joining the
3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Korea. In
the Korean conflict, Ski saw action in Seoul, Wonsan, Hungnam,
the Chosin Reservoir and South Central Korea. He was awarded
the Purple Heart during this campaign.
Other duty stations for Ski were Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
San Diego, Staff United States Marine Corps Reserve, Pottsville,
Pa., Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Marine Corps School, Quantico,
Va., Marine Corps Recruit Station, Des Moines, 1st Tank Battalion
Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Okinawa, United States Naval Hospital,
Oakland, Calif., and Fleet Marine Force. Ski retired from
the Marine Corps on July 1, 1970, as sergeant major E9. Besides
the Purple Heart, Ski had many other medals and awards. He
recently received a certificate and medal from the Republic
of South Korea.
Ski was a member of the United States Marine Raider Association,
a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans of America and
also belonged to the Bellevue American Legion Reveille Post
As a civilian, Joe and Mary traveled extensively throughout
the United States and abroad. Joe said he liked traveling
when he could choose the destinations.
Joe was a gentle man, a kind and loving father and a good
husband. He had a warm place in his heart for his grandchildren
and will be missed by all who knew him. He particularly loved
his home and the comfort it gave him.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; son, Joseph S. (Mary), of Bellevue
Wash.; a daughter Anya (Eamonn) Stanley, of Los Angeles; four
grandchildren, Tara, Jonathan, Catherine and Ailsa; a sister,
Elizabeth Kendzora, of Tucson, Ariz.; a nephew Frank Kendzora,
a niece, Deborah Stodgill, and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond;
and a sister, Veronica Casper.
Joe's family would like to thank everyone for their prayers
and good wishes during his illness. They would also like to
acknowledge the friendly, professional care received from
Home Instead and Mill Valley Care Center. A special thanks
for the wonderful loving attention received from Hospice of
Dubuque and all of those who kindly volunteered their time
during Joe's last days.
WELCH, JAMES R.
James Ray Welch, age 75, of Danville, AR died Thursday, March
12, 1998 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. He
was born February 17, 1923 at Havana, AR, son of the late
R. L. and Orpha Ray Welch. He was retired from Continental
Grain; he was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, having
served in four major companies with the 2nd and 3rd Raider
Battalions. He was a corporate pilot, past president of the
Arkansas Egg Council and a member of the Rotary International.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright Welch; four sons
and daughters-in-law, James Ray and Carlene Welch of Rogers,
Jeffery Paul and Jody Welch of Helena, MT, John and Diane
Welch of Hot Springs, AR and Justin and Belinda Welch of Sheridan,
AR; one sister, Christene Dearrington of Tulsa, OK; nine granddaughters;
two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral service was March 14, 1998 at the Danville United
Methodist Church with Rev. Wade Shownes officiating. Burial
was in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville,
AR. His sons and nephews served as pallbearers.
WELCH, JOSEPH W., JR.
Joseph W. Welch, age 82, a resident of the Iowa Veterans
Home in Marshalltown formerly of Grundy Center died Saturday,
April 21, 2007 at the Veterans Home following a lengthy illness.
Private family interment will be held at the Rock Island National
Cemetery at a future date. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo
is handling the arrangements.
Joseph was born on June 2, 1924 in Oglesby, Illinois, the
son of Joseph and Agnes (Creiger) Welch. He was involved with
the CCC during his youth. Joseph served his country in the
United States Marine Corps during WWII. He owned and operated
a driving school and also worked for the Illinois Secretary
of State. Joseph had resided in LaSalle, Illinois, Blackduck,
Minnesota, and Grundy Center, Iowa. He was united in marriage
to Lillian B. Rentz on November 28, 1989 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elizabeth
Chapin and Anna Lesmiester, a brother, Stanley Welch, and
a brother-in-law, Peter Lesmiester.
Survivors include his wife Lillian of Grundy Center; daughter
Carol (Ed) Williams of Lynn Center, Illinois. He was a beloved
second father to Steven (Pam) Rentz of Emmons, Minnesota,
Raymond (Jacqueline) Rentz of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Diane
Cain of Rochester, Minnesota, and Susanna Williams of Orlando,
Florida. Also surviving are two grandchildren Bryan (Nancy)
Williams and Lori (John) Foley; seven second grandchildren,
Richard Carmack, Adam Carmack, Daniel Fogelquist, Amy Fogelquist,
Joshua Rentz, Niccole Rentz, and Crystal Rentz; four great-grandchildren,
Samantha Williams, Sydney Williams, John Foley Jr., and Joseph
Foley; three second great-grandchildren Caleb Fogelquist,
Devon Carmack, and Tyler Carmack; two sisters Mary (Corino)
Padawan of Jonesville, Illinois, and Lillian (John) Seghi
of Standard, Illinois; and a brother Donald Welch of Rochester,
New Hampshire. In addition, Joseph is survived by numerous
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial fund has been established for the Marine Corps
League in Jonesville, Illinois.
WEWER, MARTIN L.
Martin Louis Wewer, 89, of Paris, Arkansas died Sunday, September
28, 2008 in Hot Springs, AR. He was born January 5, 1919 in
Morrison Bluff, AR to his parents Joseph and Anna (Schwiejehaun)
Wewer. He was a Marine Veteran of World War II, a retired
auto mechanic, a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and
a member of Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death
by his parents and wife, Mattie (Williams) Wewer.
Funeral Mass was held Friday, October 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Scranton, AR. Burial was
in St. Ignatius Cemetery-Scranton.
Survivors include: son, Bernard Wewer; daughter, Betty Mayne;
three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
WHEELER, EDWIN B.
Memorial services have been held for Retired Major General
Edwin B. Wheeler of the Marine Corps, who died at Baylor University
Medical Center on October 14, 1985, after having been stricken
by a heart attack at his Dallas, Texas, home. Wheeler, 67,
had lived in Dallas and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Burial was
planned for Arlington National Cemetery.
He served two tours of duty as a combat commander in Vietnam
and also served as a Battalion Commander during the Korean
War and as a combat officer with the 1st Raider Battalion
in the Pacific in World War II. He received many medals, including
the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Medal and five citations
for the Legion of Merit.
A native of Port Chester, New York, where he was born on
March 17, 1918, he joined the Marine Corps in 1940 after receiving
his Bachelor’s Degree from Williams College in Williamsburg,
Massachusetts. During his 32-year career in the Marines, he
led every type of Marine Corps unit into combat. He is the
only Marine in history to have done so. His initial assignment
was as a rifle platoon leader in the 1st Raider Battalion
- Edson's Raiders. He participated in the Tulagi and Guadalcanal
operations and later led a Raider Company in the battle for
New Georgia. In the postwar period, Major Wheeler served at
various posts and stations at home and abroad. In the Korean
War, he commanded the 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 5th
Marines, and before leaving Korea served as the 5th Marines
Regimental Executive Officer. Following his promotion to Colonel
in July 1959, he was Marine Aide-de-Camp to three Secretaries
of the Navy, W. B. Franke, John B. Connally and Fred North.
He next commanded the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., before
leaving for Vietnam, where he commanded the 3rd Marines. Upon
his return to the U.S., he was Commander of the Marine Corps
Basic School. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1966
and he left for Camp Lejeune to become Assistant Division
Commander, 2nd Marine Division, and later took command of
the Division as a Brigadier General. Promoted to Major General
in 1968 and, two years later, left Camp Lejeune for his last
duty assignment as G-1 at Marine Headquarters, where he remained
until he retired in 1972.
After he retired from the Marines in 1972, he served for
two years as Deputy Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
for Governor Ronald Reagan of California.
His ashes were laid to rest in a private graveside service
at Arlington National Cemetery on October 18, 1985.
WIETRZAK, ROBERT F.
Robert F. Wietrzak [July 4, 2007], WW II U.S. Marine Corps
veteran, member of Colonel Evans Carlson's Marine Raiders
Second Battalion. Beloved husband of the late Clara, nee Forys;
cherished son of the late Frank and Rozalia; brother of Theodore;
loving brother-in-law of Bernice (the late Henry) Hadzima,
Jean (Richard) Wesolowski, the late Helen (the late John)
Ciaciura, Agnes (the late John) Wilk, Celia Maranowicz, Harry,
George (the late Ann) and Thomas (Joanne) and (the late Louise)
Forys; devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews; also many
WILDMAN, FRANCIS M., III
Fran [December 26, 2005] was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Prescott,
to Glenn Wildman and Jane (Sleeper) Wildman.
Fran moved to Tucson in 1924, where he lived while his father
obtained an engineering degree from the University of Arizona.
In 1927, he moved to Redwood City, Calif. He graduated from
Sequoia Union High School, where he was drum major of the
high school band. He was in the Army (CMTC) 1939-40, until
he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940. He was in Iceland
(European Theater), when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Later in
1941, he was sent to New Caledonia (South Pacific Theater),
in the 1st Marine Raiders. He returned to the USA in 1942
and became a Naval Cadet in pilot training. He was honorably
discharged from the Marine Corps in 1945.
He married Thomasine (Tommie) Alexander on Aug. 17, 1946,
and graduated from San Jose University in 1949, where he again
was drum major for the band. He was designated a regular officer
in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation. In the Air Force, he
was stationed in California, Florida, Mississippi, Texas,
Ohio, Washington, D.C., and overseas in Newfoundland and England.
He retired in 1965, having served 26 years in all four branches
of the military.
He taught school in California at Folsom State Prison, then
moved to Prescott in 1966, where he taught at Prescott Junior
High (now Mile High Middle School) for five years. He became
an Assistant to the President of Prescott College and later
was Director of Housing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
In 1970, he received his Masters degree in History and Geography
at NAU, Flagstaff. He retired a second time and became the
Sequoia Signsmith for 20 years, painting and routing some
300 signs, most as gifts. He was known as "Mr. Timeline" having
created with his wife, 10 timelines. Seven of those here in
the tri-city area, two in Yuma at the Territorial Prison,
Yuma State Park and one in Clarkston, Wash., for the Lewis
and Clark Tri-centennial celebration.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church, where
he served on the diaconate and the Board of Christian Education
and was Head Usher for many years.
He served on the Friends of the Library Board, was a member
of the Antique Auto Club and president of the Astronomy Club.
Fran transcribed his WWII diaries, and copies are at the
U.S. Marine Corps Historical Library at Quantico, Va., and
at the Institute on World War II & the Human Experience
at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. He also recorded
his war memories for the American Folklife Center, Library
He and his wife, Tommie, served as foster parents for two
of Mr. Wildman's junior high students and grandparents of
an Embry-Riddle graduate.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, his son, Mark and
Judith; three grandchildren, Maigan, Jennifer and Michael;
brother, Jack of California; a half-brother, Glenn of California;
a grandson, Martin and Vickie Elder of Indiana; three great-grandchildren,
Rebecca, Micah and Sarah; a foster son, Bruce and Sandy Barton
of Twin Falls, Idaho; adopted son, John and Janet Rodgers
of Fair Oaks, Calif.; and dear friends, Jerry and Karen Rather
of Parker, Ariz., and Steve Williams of Santa Barbara, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan.
7, 2006, at the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name
to the Kidney Foundation, 4203 E. Indian School Road, Suite
#140, Phoenix, Ariz., 85008; the American Diabetes Association,
106 North Cortez St., P.O. Box 13141, Prescott, Ariz., 86304;
1st Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott, Ariz.,
86301 or KNAU, P.O. Box 5764, Flagstaff, Ariz., 86011.
The Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family
Information provided by survivors.
WILINSKI, ROBERT S.
Robert S. Wilinski, 75, a former alderman of the 7th Ward
on the South Side, died Friday [July 20, 1990] in Northwestern
Memorial Hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack
in his office at the Chicago Department of Health.
Mr. Wilinski had worked for the city Health Department for
10 years, most recently as an inquiry aide, investigating
complaints received by the department. Earlier, he had worked
in health code enforcement for the department.
In the 1970s Mr. Wilinski served for five years as alderman
of the ward that included much of the South Shore and South
Mr. Wilinski became an alderman in 1972 when he was elected
to replace Ald. Nicholas Bohling, who resigned to become a
In 1973, a federal judge ruled that the 7th Ward had been
racially gerrymandered and ordered a special aldermanic election
after the ward boundaries were redrawn. Mr. Wilinski bowed
out of that election.
But the earlier boundaries were ordered restored on appeal,
and in 1975 Mr. Wilinski regained his City Council seat. In
1979, Mr. Wilinski lost his seat to Joseph Bertrand in a runoff
Mr. Wilinski served in the Marine Corps during World War
II and was a one-time Chicago Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing
contender and a Catholic Youth Organization champion.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and a daughter, Carol.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from
2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kuzniar Funeral Home, 8300 S. South
Shore Dr. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael`s
Catholic Church, 8237 S. South Shore Dr.
WILKOWSKI, PAUL E.
Paul E. Wilkowski, 77, Perham, died Friday, March 22, 2002,
in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Mr. Wilkowski was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Perham, where he
grew up and attended school. He served in the U.S. Marines
during World War II in the South Pacific. After his military
discharge, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and bus
driver in Minneapolis. He retired to Perham.
He is survived by two sisters, Rosemary (George) Borgerding,
Dent, Minn., Betty (Clarence) Rutten, New York Mills, Minn.
Visitation: One hour before the funeral in the funeral home.
Funeral: Tuesday at 1:30 in Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham.
Burial: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Perham.
WILLIAMS, EDWIN S.
Lt. Col. Edwin S. Williams, (retired) U.S. Army, age 83,
of Overland Park, Kan., died on Friday, July 13, 2007, at
the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Oakland, Calif. He graduated
from Polytechnic High School, San Francisco, in June 1941,
and was a life member of the California Scholarship Federation.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on January 2, 1942,
and was discharged January 5, 1946 as a Platoon Sergeant.
He spent 31 months in the Pacific Theater, including action
with the 4th Marine Raider Battalion in the Central Solomons
(Vangunu, Gatukai and New Georgia); and with B Co, 1st Battalion,
7th Marines, 1st Mar. Div. on Peleliu and Okinawa.
He was wounded on both Peleliu and Okinawa. He received the
Bronze Star with "V", two Purple Hearts, Marine Corps Good
Conduct Medal, and Presidential Unit Citation for Peleliu
and Okinawa, Asiatic Pacific ribbon with four stars, American
Theater ribbon, and WWII Victory Medal.
After the war, he attended Santa Clara University, was inducted
into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, in
1949 and graduated in June 1950 with a BSME degree.
He accepted a Regular Army commission as 2nd Lt, Field Artillery
and served at battery, battalion and group level in a variety
of command and staff positions, including Battery and Battalion
Commands, in the U.S., Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. On June
18, 1954, he married Patrice Van Liew in Des Moines, Iowa.
While on active duty, he received an MS in mechanical engineering
degree from the University of Southern California in 1960.
He retired Jan. 1, 1972 with the rank of Lt. Col. His Army
awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2nd award),
Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two
National Defense Service Medals, Army of Occupation Medal
(Germany), Korean Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service
Medal with three stars, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal
with Device 1960-, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm (unit
award), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
After his Army retirement, he worked for the Johnson County
Community College for 20 years as database specialist. After
retiring from the college on April 1, 1992, he was a volunteer
driver for the VA hospital in Kansas City and delivered meals
for the Johnson County Nutrition Program. He was active in
his church as a lector and minister of the Eucharist. He was
a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, Marine
Raider Association, the Retired Officer Association, and the
Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his
brother, Capt. Robert R. Williams, USAF (KIA, Korea, Dec.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patrice; son, Kevin
Williams (Ginny) of Independence, Mo.; and daughters Eileen
Abaian (Jack) of Los Angeles, Deidre Brown (Johnny) of Goose
Creek, S.C., and Shayla Ashmore of Susanville, Calif.; brothers
George M. Williams, Charles Town, W.Va., and Henry C. Williams,
Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Jean E. Haun, Windson, Calif.;
14 grandchildren, including H. Scott and Sean N. Gill and
Brianna and William Ashmore, of Susanville, Calif.; one great–granddaughter
and one great-grandson, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces
A rosary and viewing were held on Tuesday, July 17, at the
Porter Funeral Home, in Lenexa, Kan. The Funeral Mass was
held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland
Park, Kan., on Wednesday, July 18. Interment was at Resurrection
Cemetery, Lenexa, Kan.
The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society,
Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, or Army Mutual
Aid, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
WILLIAMSON, WILLIAM W.
Two Adams County servicemen, Army Pvt. Edwin Haase of Odessa
and Marine Pfc. William Williamson of Washtucna were killed
in action during the last week.
They are the 15th and 16th Adams County men to make the supreme
sacrifice during World War II and bring the total died in
World War II up to 23 for Adams County.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Haase, Jr., of Odessa, received a telegram
last weekend that their son, Edwin, was killed May 31 on Luzon.
He joined the Army last fall and is survived by a daughter,
Carol Lee, who makes her home with an uncle and aunt, Mr.
and Mrs. Julius Winter. No additional information was available
Pfc. Williamson was reported killed in action on Okinawa
June 4  in a telegram received Saturday by his father,
J. B. Williamson of Washtucna. He had served more than two
years in the South Pacific and participated in many major
engagements, including Guadalcanal, Munda, Bougainville, the
Gilbert Islands and Guam. He was wounded during the invasion
of Guam and spent three months in a hospital. He was awarded
the Purple Heart July 25, 1944.
William Warren Williamson was born in Washtucna July 7, 1923,
and attended Washtucna schools, being graduated from high
school in 1942. He enlisted in the Marine Raiders group of
the Marine Corps that same year and received his basic training
at San Diego, Calif. In February, 1943, he was sent overseas.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Lieut.
(j.g.) Harold F. Williamson, patrol plane commander serving
overseas in the European theater.
WILLMAN, NED H.
Ned H. Willman died September 17, 2007, in his home at The
Springs, attended by his family and members of The Springs
staff. He was born in Bovey, Minnesota, on December 2, 1919,
to Agnes Belanger Willman and Arthur E. Willman.
The family moved to nearby Coleraine, where Ned's favorite
pastimes included camping, fishing, swimming, hunting, skiing
and snowshoeing. The second youngest of five children, he
enjoyed a boyhood of remarkable freedom, which shaped his
later independence and self-reliance. He graduated from Greenway
High School in Coleraine and attended Itasca Junior College.
Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after the
attack on Pearl Harbor, he was among those recruited by Col.
Evans F. Carlson and Capt. Jimmy Roosevelt to join the Marine
Raiders, the first U.S. commando unit. Following boot camp,
he served with the Second Raider Battalion, attaining the
rank of sergeant. He served at Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima
After the war ended, he graduated from Dunwoody Industrial
Institute in Minneapolis and moved to Sidney, Montana, where
he worked for Redgren Furnace and Sheet Metal.
In 1950, he married Phyllis B. Tvetan, formerly of Sherwood,
North Dakota, and their daughter, Becki, was born in 1952.
From 1957-1967 Ned operated a heating, air conditioning and
sheet metal business in Sidney. In 1967 the family moved to
Long Beach, California, where Ned's employment as a sheet
metal mechanic leader at the U.S. Naval Shipyard involved
work on such ships as the New Jersey, Coral Sea, Ticonderoga,
Kitty Hawk and Missouri.
He retired in 1986, and he and Phyllis moved to Missoula
to be near their daughter and her family.
Despite declining health in recent years, Ned never lost
his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He faced the trials
of aging with the same courage and stoicism which characterized
his earlier life. He was deeply grateful to the dedicated
staff of St. Patrick Hospital's Dialysis Center and The Springs
and to his physicians, Dr. Meg Eddy and Dr. Diane Yahn.
Ned is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter Becki (Kirk)
Johnson, Missoula; brother Jack Willman, Riverside, California;
sister Marion Rundle, Redlands, California; grandchildren
Susannah (John) McVay-Ries, Spokane, Washington, and Colin
(Elisha) McVay, Corvallis, Oregon; great-granddaughters Violet,
McKenzie and Kylie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the Dialysis Center, in
care of the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation.
WINTERS, DEAN G.
Dean Winters, age 86, of American Fork, Utah passed away
peacefully on June 8, 2008 surrounded by loved ones at his
side, only three days after the death of his wife and one
day before her funeral services.
He was born on November 25, 1921 in Hoytsville, Utah to Byron
and Lola Bailey Winters. He was married to Donna E. Cleverly
on March 13, 1944 in Coalville, Utah. Their marriage was later
solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
He loved animals, hunting, fishing, gardening and most of
all he loved to cook. He joined the Marine Corps after Pearl
Harbor; he became a Carlson’s Raider, Company "E"
2nd Raider Battalion, from its inception. Dean’s company was
involved with the raid on Makin Island. The company was involved
in action on Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Midway. The Raider
units were dissolved and Dean was transferred to the 5th Marine
Division, 2nd Battalion, Company "E" 28th Marines.
Dean’s unit fought on Iwo Jima where he was present for the
first flag raising on Mt. Suribachi and continued service
until he was wounded severely on March 14, 1945. Dean was
awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and Naval
Unit Citation. He returned home and continued to recover from
injuries throughout his life. He attended the University of
Utah in Agriculture and continued civil service at Dugway
Proving Grounds and Hill Air Force Base. He also owned a beaver
ranch and Jada Lee Knits Hat Company. Dean and Donna served
a LDS Mission in Canada, Alaska British Columbia Mission.
His life was filled with love and service to his father, wife,
children and grandchildren. He truly was a Man of Honor.
He is survived by his three brothers Jack, Donald and Tony.
His three son’s John (Sharma) of Lehi, David (Kathy) of South
Jordan and Bradley of Pleasant Grove, and daughters in law
Norma and Debra; 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren
with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his
wife Donna Elaine Cleverly Winters and his son Dean G. Winters
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008, 11:00
am, at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary, 3115 East Bengal Boulevard
(7800 South), Cottonwood Heights. A viewing will be held at
the same location from 6-8 pm on Friday and one hour prior
to services. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial
Estates Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations
to the Disabled American Veterans.
WISE, JOHN F.
John F. Wise, 89, of Waukesha, died Thursday, March 30, 2006,
at Waukesha Springs.
He was born in Waukesha Jan. 26, 1917, to Fredrick and Constance
(nee Miller) Wise. He proudly served his country from 1940
to 1946 in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, surviving
two battles at Bougainville, two battles at Guadalcanal and
the bombing of Midway. On July 8, 1944 he married the former
Verna Sanders in San Diego, Calif. He had been employed for
35 years at Wisconsin Natural Gas, retiring at age 62. He
was a member of Carlson’s Raiders, a group of Marines who
had an article published about them in Life magazine. In retirement,
he was an avid artist who painted acrylic and oil scenes of
farmlands throughout Wisconsin. He enjoyed hunting, especially
whitetail deer, pheasants, ducks and rabbits. He loved to
fish in open water and ice fishing. He was a lifelong Green
Bay Packers fan.
He will be missed by his wife Verna of Waukesha along with
their sons, John (Sandra Lee) Wise of Madison, William (Dee)
Wise of Oconomowoc and son-in-law Peter Bach; dear grandfather
of Jennifer (William) Kutsunis, Jeffrey (Elena) Wise, Christine
(Franz) Michels, Sara, Alissa, Peter John Bach and Amber and
Justin Wise; proud great-grandfather of George and Alexander
Kutsunis, Ryan and Danielle Figon, Rachel Lee Wise, Joshua
Michels, Grace and Ava. He is further survived by his sister,
Ginny Miller, niece, Connie (Paul) Rowe and great nephews
Paulie and Kevin, all of Bayfield, Mass., other relatives
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Katherin Wise
Bach, on July 16, 2000, and his brother Angelus Wise who died
while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in the
Philippines in the Bataan Death March.
Visitation will be held today, April 3, 2006, from 10:00
a.m. until the noon funeral service at Randle-Dable Funeral
Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave. Graveside services to follow at Prairie
Home Cemetery. Memorials in John’s name are appreciated to
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Greater
Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere
Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or Disabled American Veterans, Waukesha
Chapter #5, 1984 Rambling Rose Road, Waukesha, WI 53186-2822.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral
WITHEE, ALLYN J.
Allyn J. Withee, 80, died Nov. 19, 2005, at his home. He
was born in New York, N.Y., and moved to Hobe Sound 16 years
ago from Davie. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic
Church in Hobe Sound. Before retirement, he was a charter
boat captain and owned and operated Irish Al's Limousine Service
of Hobe Sound. He served in the Marine Corps as a Raider during
WWII and received the Purple Heart. Survivors include his
wife of 40 years, Barbara E. Withee, of Hobe Sound; sons,
Shawn L. Withee of Miami and Steven E. Beckett of Stuart;
daughter, Laurel Withee of Panama City; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Martin/St.
Lucie, Inc., 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. Services:
Services will be private. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral
Home & Crematory, Stuart.
WOLF, JOSEPH L.
Joseph L. Wolf, age 85, a resident of Chillicothe, Mo., died
on Saturday, December 15, 2007, in the Veteran's Hospital,
Kansas City, Mo. Joseph was born the son of Daniel and Mamie
(Cooper) Wolf on Oct. 10, 1922, in Farmersville, Mo. He was
married to Frances Figg on Feb. 21, 1948, in Chillicothe.
Joseph was a teacher for the North Kansas City School District
from 1956 to 1982. He served in the United States Marines
as a part of the 4th Marine Raiders from 1941 to 1945. He
and his wife lived in the Hale area since 1987, moving from
Gladstone and Kansas City area. He attended the United Methodist
Church of Hale. Joseph graduated from Laredo High School in
1940 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1951. He
was a member of the Hale Lions Club, American Legion and VFW.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Frances of Chillicothe; one
son, Terry R. Wolf of Fairbanks, Alaska; one daughter, Marcia
K. Wolf of Silver Spring, Md.; two brothers, Donald Wolf of
Osceola, Mo., and Danny Wolf of San Jacinto, Calif.; two sisters,
Anna Sayre of Kansas City, Mo., and Carol Moore of Ellensburg,
Wash.; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces
and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; one stepbrother,
Dick Fleshman; and stepmother, Agnes Wolf. Funeral services
are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Lindley
Funeral Home, Chillicothe. A family visitation will be held
at Lindley Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
18. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 21, at Stucker Cemetery, Laredo. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Hale Lions Club or the Alzheimer's Association
and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Lindley Funeral
Home, PO Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601 (660) 646-4857.
WRIGHT, HAROLD R.
Harold Roy Wright, 90, of Little Rock, died peacefully in
his sleep Friday, July 29, 2011. He was born to Raymond and
Beulah Wright on January 12, 1921. Harold was retired from
the U.S. Postal Service. He was a veteran of World War II
where he served in the Pacific as a sergeant in the 2nd Raider
Marine Battalion, known as "Carlson’s Raiders."
He was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church and an
avid hunter and fisherman.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother,
Trula Wright, brothers, Bill and Raymond Wright and sister,
Nell Hall. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Erma Haynes
Wright; daughters, Jan Jolly and husband, Jim and Lynette
Howard and husband, Gene; grandchildren, Sara Blancett, Walt
Howard and Brad Howard, all of Little Rock; Dylan Blancett
of Conway, Gina Farmer and husband, David of Memphis, Tennessee
and Tracey Truby and husband, Chris of Kansas City, Missouri;
seven great-grandsons; brothers, Carl Wright (Audrey) and
Jim Wright (Lorene); and sister Louise Heathcock.
Services will be Monday, August 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Unity
Missionary Baptist Church, 1223 S. Garfield, Little Rock,
officiated by Rev. Mark Harris, followed by interment at Salem
Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 31 from 2-4 p.m.
at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630
and Barrow Rd.).
Memorials may be made in Harold’s name to the Salem Cemetery
Trust Fund, c/o Richard Wilkerson, 3413 Lorance Dr., Little
Rock, AR 72206 or to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle,
No. Little Rock, AR 72116.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200.
YETSKO, JOHN M.
John Michael Yetsko of Bainbridge Island died Feb. 23, 2006
due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
After a long and notable career in the U.S. military, and
20 more years of university and college administration, he
and his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Hopper Yetsko, retired to
Bainbridge Island in 2001, to be close to their family.
He was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Revloc, Penn., to Charles Casper
and Esther Ellen (Carns) Yetsko. After attending St. Peter’s
High School in McKeesport, Pa., he graduated from Holy Hills
Carmelite Seminary, in Hubertus, Wis., a monastery of Friars
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
He began his military career serving sea duty for the U.S.
Marines in England and Scotland. He served as a personal aide
to President Franklin Roosevelt, while also attached to the
USS Wichita commander, acting as consultant to the British
In 1942, he became a member of the elite U.S. Marine Corps
Raiders, Carlson’s Raiders, 2nd, a select and secret group
developed by President Roosevelt for purposes similar to the
British Commandos and the Chinese guerilla resistance. James
Roosevelt became the executive officer of the commando intelligence
unit, as well as a lifelong friend.
He earned numerous commendations, citations and medals of
valor in the Pacific Theater, including a Silver Star, five
Bronze Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation with ribbon bar,
and Navy Unit Commendation with ribbon bar for the Treasury-Bismarck
Archipelago operation; Bougainville, Northern Solomons, Marianas,
and Okinawa operations of the Asiatic Pacific campaign; as
well as the European-African Campaign and Asiatic-Pacific
Commanding General Geiger of the Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific,
commended him as having "displayed brilliant tactical
and exacting technical skill, and his outstanding qualities
of leadership and constant devotion to duty were an inspiration
to his men."
On September 2, 1945, he was one of eight U.S. Marines honored
to escort his command at the signing of the Japanese Surrender
on board the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay.
New Year’s Eve, 1942, in California only days prior to shipping
out to the Pacific, he met the love of his life, Yvonne (Bonnie)
Ellen Hopper, of Pasadena, CA. On New Year’s Day, their first
date, they attended the Rose Bowl Game together.
For the next three years, while he served overseas during
World War II, they shared their romance through hundreds of
exchanged letters. Upon his return in 1945, their marriage
began a life of 60 years together; never again to be separated.
For the next 15 years, with their two children, Debbie and
Greg, and their dog, Mike, they traveled and lived abroad,
sharing adventures in new cultures with new languages.
After his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, he enlisted
in the U.S. Army as a career infantry intelligence specialist,
where he taught Arctic wilderness survival and mountaineering
He completed worldwide service that included Asia, Europe,
and the United States as an Intelligence and Operations Specialist
including collections, interpretation, analysis of intelligence
information and training and supervision of personnel. He
worked once again with James Roosevelt through the Pentagon
in Washington, D.C., until retirement.
He attended UCLA and the University of Alaska, and began
a second career in university administration as a department
director. For the next 20 years, he served on the staff of
California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA, and the
University of California, in Long Beach; University of San
Francisco; the University of Alaska; American University,
in Washington, D.C.; and spent a number of years at Claremont
McKenna University, in Claremont, CA, where he worked closely
with CMC president Stark.
His great knowledge of history and love of literature, honed
in the monastery, made him a voracious and knowledgeable reader.
He was an accomplished amateur painter and sculptor, who enjoyed
carving large ice carving creations for special events, both
professional and family.
He shared his love of golf with his grandsons and nephews,
playing where ever he was, whenever he could. With an eight
handicap, he often successfully participated in amateur tournaments
with friends at Brentwood and Via Verde Country Clubs in California.
Growing up near the woodlands of Pennsylvania, he had a lifelong
love of nature and the outdoors, always professing a sense
of wonder and awe. He was an avid mountain skier, as well
as fisherman, equally at home in the mountains and on the
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother Charles
R. Yetsko, a medical corpsman killed in 1952 in the Korean
War and sister, Virginia Yetsko.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie E. Yetsko, Bainbridge
Island; his daughter Debbie Y. (Richard P.) Vancil, Bainbridge
Island; grandson Ryan P. (Debbi Lester) Vancil; great-grandchildren
Corbin Lester Vancil and Maddy Reeves Vancil; grandson Joshua
P. (Carolina Y.) Vancil, Bainbridge Island; son Gregory J.
Yetsko, grandson Daniel J. Yetsko and granddaughter Emily
S. Yetsko, all of Ithaca, NY; nephew Dr. Gary Hopper, Monrovia,
CA; niece Marcia A. Hopper Mantana, Idyllwild, CA; nephew
Thomas Hopper, Sand Point, ID; nephew Edward Hopper, Hemet,
CA; his sister Leah Turnsec, McKeesport, PA; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins.
A funeral mass will be held Thursday, March 9, at 11:00 A.M.,
followed by military honor guard and flag presentation ceremony
at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Bainbridge Island. A reception
immediately follows at the Vancil family home on Bainbridge
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in
his name be offered to the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care
Center, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, Kirkland, WA, (425)
Arrangements are by Kass & Cook Family Funeral Home,
YOUHAS, EDWARD R.
Retired Chicago attorney Edward R. Youhas, a Homewood resident,
died Dec. 11, 2004 at age 81 in South Suburban Hospital, Hazel
Crest, after a heart attack. A Marine Raider in the South
Pacific during World War II, he received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Youhas was an adjuster for the Maryland Casualty Co.
in Chicago while he attended The John Marshall Law School.
He graduated in 1970 and had a solo practice that included
being a founder and counsel to the U.S. Marine Raider Association
YOUNG, HOWARD A.
PEORIA - Howard A. Young, 91, of Peoria passed away Sunday,
June 26, 2011, at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria.
He was born April 11, 1920, in Ashington, Northumberland,
England, a son of William and Elizabeth Jean Mordue Young.
He married DeMova Merchant on Nov. 4, 1941, in Canton, Mo.
Also surviving are two children, Lori (Ken) Hall of Germantown
Hills and Greg Young of Peoria; three grandchildren, Chris
Hall and Lisa Hall, both of Peoria, and Shane (Katy) Young
of Glasford; six great-grandchildren, Hailee, Cameron, Connor,
Caleb, Zach and Tyler; one brother, Jack (Virgie) Young of
Champaign; and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers,
Austin and George.
Howard was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in the Carlson
Raiders. He was part of the Makin Island Raid in 1942.
He was a member of the U.S. Marine Association, U.S. Marine
Raider Association, and Timberlake Country Club in Peoria
Howard was employed as a theater manager for Kerasotes Theatres
for 30 years, later working in inventory control for Foster
and Gallagher Inc., and retiring in 1983 from Jumer's Castle
Lodge in Peoria as head of security.
He was an avid golfer who was instrumental in helping build
the Timberlake golf course, and he enjoyed traveling.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011,
at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Rev. Howard Love
will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service
at the chapel. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens
Memorials may be made to the Timberlake Country Club or ADDWC
YOUNG, JAMES L., JR.
James Lloyd Young, Jr., 71, of Houston passed away March
20, 1997. He was born December 28, 1925 in Yoakum, Texas and
was retired from Dresser Industries with more 56 years of
service. Mr. Young was married March 9, 1946 to Mary Ellen
Rogillio, his wife of 51 years. He accepted Christ as Savior
in November 1945, was active in Champion Forest Baptist Church
Men's Bible Class, Christian conservative causes, Bible Study
Fellowship. He was also a member of the first Klein High School
football coaching staff. He enlisted in the armed forces at
17 and served in the 6th Marine Division on Guam, [4th] Raider
Battalion Bougainville, received the Purple Heart for wounds
received on Guam from a Japanese machine gunner, and was also
wounded a second time. He was a proud American, Humble Christian
servant, faithful husband, honorable friend, loving father,
grandfather and a man of superior integrity. Surviving are
his loving family; wife, Mary Ellen Young; Daughter and son-in-law,
Lynn Guiloff Swearingen & husband Brian Dale; Son &
daughter-in-law, Andrew Miles & Luciana Neves Young; Grandchildren,
James Matthew Young & wife Melissa, Kellie Elizabeth Moore
& husband Matthew, Tiffany Robin Guiloff, Tawny Nicole
Guiloff, Kiley Brooke Swearingen, Timman Briann Swearingen;
great-grandchildren, James Michael Young, Mackenzie Taylor
Young, Sarah Elizabeth Moore; stepmother, Sue Young Rogers;
brother-in-law, Joe B. Rogillio; sister-in-law, Virginia Rogillio.
Services: 2pm, Saturday, Champion Forest Baptist Church with
Dr. Damon Shook officiating, eulogy given by Rev. Tom Clawson.
Memorials may be made to Miracles in Motion, 7426 Morley,
Houston, Texas 77061.
Klein Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks, I613l Champion
Forest Drive, 320-2674
ZANGRILLO, PETER P.
Peter Paul Zangrillo of Darien, who served in the U.S. Marine
Corps and opened a Darien golf range, died Monday, May 26
, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
Born May 14, 1922, in Darien, he was the son of the late
May and Patsy Zangrillo. He was the oldest of five children:
brothers Steve and Robert Zangrillo and his sisters, Ceil
Danna and the late Ann Sherwood.
Mr. Zangrillo served in the United States Marine Corps from
1942 to 1945. He was a member of the elite 4th Marine Raiders
[Battalion], for which he fought battles in Guadalcanal, Bougainville,
Guam and Okinawa.
Mr. Zangrillo was involved with golf from a very early age.
In his youth, he worked as a caddy at the Wee Burn Country
Club in Darien. In 1949, he opened the Darien Golf Range,
the first two-tiered driving range and miniature golf course
of its kind.
The business closed in 1980 and its operations were moved
up the street to the current location of the Darien Golf Center
where he worked with his son, Dana, for the next 25 years.
During his 50 years in the business, his family said, Mr.
Zangrillo touched the lives of many — helping others as well
as neighboring communities as a whole. Through these actions,
he derived a great deal of pleasure, said his family.
He lived the later years of his life with son Dana and his
family in New Canaan, and the final years of his life at Waveny
Besides his son, Dana and his wife Connie, now of Redding,
Mr. Zangrillo is survived by another son, Peter and his wife
Haylie of Santa Fe, N.M.; three grandchildren, Emily, Ian
and Drew of Redding; his brothers Steve of Darien and Robert
of Silvermine; and sister Ceil Danna of Darien. He will be
missed by many, the family said.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 on Friday, May 30, at
St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Burial will
follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of his three
grandchildren to the Redding Boys and Girls Club Lacrosse
Program, P.O. Box 333, Redding Ridge, CT 06876.
Mr. Arthur Zebley passed away July 17, 2008, in Olathe. Funeral
services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2008,
at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home where the family will receive
friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2008. Burial will
be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe. The family suggests
contributions to Hospice of Olathe Medical Center and/or Good
Samaritan Society of Olathe.
Arthur was born August 16, 1923 in Hays, Kan., living in
Olathe since 1947. He served in the Marine Corps in the South
Pacific during WWII from 1942-1945, and married Norma Langdon
in 1945 (who preceded him in death in 2007). He established
Century Wood Products in 1950 in Olathe.
Arthur was a member of the Olathe City Commission 1963-68
and served as Mayor in 1967-68, board of trustees Olathe Medical
Center 1974-83, Johnson County Airport Commission 1975-77.
He was honored "Citizen of the Year" in Olathe in
1983. He was an active member of Unity Village Church and
served as president of the "Men of Unity" for several
years. He was an active member of the Olathe Rotary Club for
over 30 years having served as president. He is survived by
his children; David (Sandy) Zebley, Olathe, Linda Zebley,
Lawrence, Michael (Beth) Zebley, Olathe, and Chris (Anna)
Zebley, of Shawnee, a sister, Mary Anne Miller, six grandchildren;
Kelly, Angela, Andrew, Amy, Steve, and Ryan, twelve great-grandchildren;
Justin, Hunter, Hayden, Halston, Jared, Cole, Hannah, Jessie,
Van, Sydney, Macey and Jace.
(Arrangements by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory-
ZEDEKAR, STANLEY L.
Stanley L. Zedekar died of heart failure Thursday [May 30,
2002] in his Port Angeles home at age 78.
He was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, to Laura and Laura Bernice
Serving in the Marine Corps, he was with Carlson's [Raiders]
and Coast Watch in the South Pacific during World War II and
was an aviator, with the rank of captain, during the Korean
Mr. Zedekar received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics
from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor
of Arts degree in agriculture from California Polytechnic
State University, Pomona.
In Anaheim, Calif., he was an engineer for Autonetics, which
is now the Boeing Co.; in Yuma, Ariz., he was president of
AgriTech Development Corp.; at Norton Air Force Back in San
Bernardino, Calif., he worked for TRW; after which he lived
in Big Fork, Mont., before moving to Port Angeles one year
Mr. Zedekar was an avid fisherman, enthusiastic chef, HAM
radio operator, woodcarver, chess player and mycologist.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Marshalltown, Iowa,
and former member in Big Fork, Mont., as well as belonging
to the U.S. Chess Federation, Marines Memorial Association
and Association of Naval Aviation, Inc.
His first marriage, in the 1950s, was at Las Vegas to Grace
Protopapas; then, July 29, 1966, in Orange County, Calif.,
he married Charlotte Irena Main, who survives him.
Other survivors include sons Mark Stevenson of New York City
and Greg Stevenson of New London, Conn.; and two grandchildren.
Services: Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m., memorial with full
military honors in Pioneer Park, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim.
Burial will be in Tahoma National Cemetery at Kent. Drennan
& Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge.
Memorials: Marines Memorial Association, 609 Sutter Road,
San Francisco, Calif. 94102.
Stephen Zeniak, 88, of Hackettstown, NJ, died Saturday, June
11, 2005, in Hackettstown Community Hospital, Hackettstown,
NJ. Born June 6, 1917 in Passaic, NJ, he was a son of the
late Michael and Catherine Dzubey Zeniak. He had lived in
Independence Township since 1959. Prior to his retirement
in 1979, he was employed as a machine operator at Bergen Machine
and Tool Co., Hackettstown. He was a U.S Marine Corps veteran
of World War II and served as a Gunnery Sergeant with the
"Edson Raiders," an elite fighting force for the
U.S. Marine Corps, which he was awarded a Purple Heart. He
was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American
Legion in Hackettstown and the Marine Corps League. Survivors:
his wife, Olga Lubarsky Zeniak; two daughters, Kathryn Pacholek,
of Great Meadows, NJ, and Patricia Dooley, of Andover, NJ;
a brother, William Martin, of Bloomfield, NJ, and two grandchildren,
Sarah and Emily Dooley. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the
Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ. Call
from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will
be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to "Toys for Tots" in care
of Picattiny Arsenal.